The Curator opens in downtown Grayling to offer an array of gifts to customers

A new gift store has opened in downtown Grayling just in time for the holiday season.
The Curator, located at 200 E. Michigan Avenue, opened for business on Thursday, October 24.
The business is owned by Penny and Erich Podjaske plus a silent partner who lives in Oklahoma.
The name of the business in based on a curator, who collects items that are needed or wanted.
“We’re trying to collect things and fill a void that was in the city because there was not a whole of retail within the downtown,” Penny said.
The building was purchased six years ago after Bob Smith closed the Bicycle Shop and joined the team at Northbound Outfitters.
The owners initially wanted to open a brew pub and restaurant, but changed those plans when Dave Vargo opened up Paddle Hard Brewing in downtown Grayling.
“That was not something that was in our hearts,” Penny said.
Around that same time, Oh Brother, Big Sister, the musical duo Penny fronts with her brother, Radel Rosin, started to take off. They played over 300 dates a year and toured the country.
In recent months, the act has been playing private shows, some public shows, and Radel has been forging ahead playing as a solo act.
That gave Penny more time to focus on family and opening the store.
The store features a collection of gift items and home decor.
“We have gifts for every age, gender, and occasion,” Penny said. “That was kind of the premise.”
There will be a constant changeover with the inventory.
“It’s one of  those things you have to come in and experience, and it will change all the time,” Penny said.
Items are handmade and come from suppliers from Michigan and throughout the United States.
“Most of every section has something that is handmade, so that’s been a big part of it,” Penny said.
Penny runs the store along with help from her cousin, McKenna Stevens, and her 15-year-old son, Logan Podjaske.
The owners have been pleased with the business so far.
“We tried to open during a slower time, so that we could ease into it, but it’s been great,” Penny said.
The Curator is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Call The Curator at (989) 745-6306 or visit the website at

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Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
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