Learning from mistakes turned out to be a great way to start a business. The turning point in the design of P&K Private Stock BBQ Sauce was based on an unplanned inventive moment in my kitchen. Initially, I thought it was a “mistake” batch, but it turned out to be my genius moment!
The sauce had a life before this transformation. Years before, my friend Kevin (the “K” of P&K), was making a remarkable BBQ sauce in his spare time. It was so good I urged him to get the sauce on the market. One day Kevin shared the recipe with me on a napkin and said: “Do what you want with it…it’s yours!”
In the summer, the harbors of northern Lake Michigan towns bustle with sailboats, jet-skis and sport-fishing boats. Regional art shows and festivals of all sorts play host to throngs of tourists who frequent downtown streets.
It’s this annual tourist migration that supports cottage industries and a steady seasonal economy that survives despite being within the larger Michigan market. A market that never seemed to quite pull out of the last recession before the current one landed like a tsunami and washed across the already beleaguered state.
Dianne Gentel is one of those local northern Michiganians who follows the ebb and flow of the seasons.