News

Siblings Without Rivalry

Try and keep a dry eye while reading this wonderful Second Wave story about Rebecca Macleery, our customer and owner of Kalamazoo Dry Goods, and her sister, Jennifer Faketty, owner of Confections with Convictions. It’s not just a heartwarming story about sisters, but there’s a lot of sage business advice in here too.

Siblings without rivalry: Two sisters reunite by running community-driven Kalamazoo businesses

KALAMAZOO, MI — For years, it seemed that their paths would never cross again. Yet here they are, two sisters, one blonde, one brunette, sitting at the same table and trying hard — and failing — to maintain dry eyes. Rebecca Macleery and Jennifer Faketty acknowledge one commonality: they share the harsh experience of childhood trauma.

Rebecca Macleery, 50, is the brunette. Her long curls fall freely over her shoulders. She is the owner of Kalamazoo Dry Goods, a fabric, textiles, and arts supply store at 833 West South Street, that opened its doors in 2022.

Jennifer Faketty, 53, with her long, straight blonde hair pulled back under a chocolate-brown baseball cap embossed with her business name, became full owner of the Confections with Convictions store at 116 West Crosstown Parkway in January 2023. She has taken over the reins from Dale Anderson, who opened the chocolate shop in 2010.

Click here to read the full story.

More News Stories

11 Small Business Owners will Share $50,000 Muskegon, MI – The Business Equity Initiative Fund, at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, has awarded $50,000…
Read More
Try and keep a dry eye while reading this wonderful Second Wave story about Rebecca Macleery, our customer and owner of Kalamazoo Dry Goods, and…
Read More
Myconaut, providers of affordable, nutritious mushrooms for Northern Michigan University and local businesses, is also a biotech startup that Northern Initiatives is thrilled to support.…
Read More