Livingston area business owners thank customers for their support

NautiMi on the River co-owner Melissa Kunnert (right) serves regulars Linda and Gary Locher at the Dexter Township store and boat launch on the Huron River near Portage Lake on Wednesday, Nov. 11.  16th, 2022.

Melissa Kunnert comes from a family with deep roots in the Portage Lakes area and has enjoyed the Huron River and lakes for most of her life. Now, she and her father are using their extensive experience in Michigan waters for a new adventure.

Her father, Kerry Klave, and his family ran Klave’s Marina until its sale to new owners in 2021. Later that year, the father-daughter team started NautiMI, a small boat rental service on the river, a boutique selling primarily Michigan-made products, coffee, breakfast and light meals, and ice cream at 9260 McGregor Road.

“I’ve had private messages and comments from people thanking us for bringing this business to the community,” Kunnert said. “I think people appreciate that we’re not just a store trying to sell them stuff. We want to be part of life.”

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