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What was once an early-1900s feed mill in Scottville could be the site of a new business venture if things go according to plan. Jeff Barnett and Jeff Elliott hope the Stallion Mill on South Main Street will be attractive to an entrepreneur who wants to put a contemporary, yet historical, establishment on the map.
The Stallion Mill is available for lease to create a brewery, distillery, farm-to-table bistro, cider mill or mixed-use destination. Its unique features include old-school craftsmanship, wooden beams, interior brick and a great location near the Pere Marquette River.
“It’s impossible to build a new structure with this much character,” Elliott said. “We are committed to the continued renovation and preservation of this historic structure to make Scottville a destination point in Mason County and the region.”
In the late 1800s, Scottville was mapped as a stop on Pere Marquette’s Railroad. Rooted in agriculture and noticed as a train station, development soon followed with the construction of stores, hotels, a sawmill, library, post office and school. It was incorporated as a city in 1907.
The Stallion Mill, where wheat and corn were milled into feed for farmers’ livestock, is part of the town’s rich agricultural past. It was originally built for use as a potato storage facility and later became the local farmers’ co-op/mill. The historic building is 6,000 square feet in total.
The new vision for the property began in 2018 when the Mason County Central grads took ownership as Stallion Tracks, LLC. The duo hopes to work with either one tenant or multiple partners with entrepreneurial goals.
“The craft beer and distillery industries have both exploded in Michigan in recent years, with over 400 breweries and distilleries in the state,” Barnett said. “Our goal is to make the Stallion Mill the foundation of growth in Scottville and draw from statewide residents who are looking for a great meeting spot with a theme of craft, farm-to-table or mixed use.
“The local community will flourish with a major attraction to bring people – and their disposable income – to our city. There are thousands of tourists who travel near our path from Grand Rapids to Ludington, up and down the lakeshore, all the way to Traverse City.”
Elliott said the partners have watched this be successful in small towns throughout Michigan, North Carolina, Northern Indiana, and the Midwest. They’re anticipating that tapping into the tourism industry will be beneficial to Scottville.
“We are ready to have open discussions with companies who have interest, who share the same passions and are looking for an additional location or a new venture,” he stated. “The Stallion Mill team will work with new prospective partners to capitalize on the incredible venue and the opportunities it brings to the local community.”
The City of Scottville is a small community, located at the intersection of US-31 and US-10, nine miles east of Ludington in Mason County. The Pere Marquette River runs through the city’s south side, where fishing, camping and canoeing are enjoyed by locals and visitors. Entrepreneurs who may be interested in leasing the Stallion Mill may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616-795-6248.