Made in Michiana taking a break

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A Downtown South Bend pop-up shop is packing up and saying goodbye to its location.

“It’s sad to be closing, but when one door closes another window opens” says Ann Rudasics, partner at Made in Michiana.

Made in Michiana was one of the original pop-up shops given a temporary home during downtown South Bend’s holiday program.

“Lots of people were committed to shopping local and we were one of their stops,” says Mary Labuzienski, partner at Made in Michiana.

Both Labuzienski and Rudasics have been working in the store since it began a year and a half ago, but they say it is time to look for a space with more foot traffic.

“A store-front presence will be good because a lot of people like to walk and window shop,” says Rudasics.

Their current location is tucked on the side of the main shopping street, which makes it hard for shoppers to get to them.

“Hiatus is the official status,” says Labuzienski. “We are clearing out the space and conferring and looking for other business plans and other opportunities in Downtown South Bend to come back stronger.”

The store’s lease was up this May and the partners saw this time as a good time to re-group.

“We are all new in business so let’s look at our model and refine it,” says Labuzienski.

Made in Michiana plans to open back up on Michigan Street to have a store by spring.  For now, they will be at events and can be contacted

through their Facebook page


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