Summer is here, and a number of Mason County businesses and organizations are celebrating updates to their outdoor areas given a boost by a local grant program.

Six businesses and two nonprofits were awarded funding to create or enhance their exterior spaces for customers, merchandise, or dining. The Outdoor Spaces, Beautiful Places Grants were administered in 2020 by the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Pennies from Heaven Foundation for the purpose of helping small businesses complete outdoor projects, providing additional space for retail and/or areas for customers to enjoy. 

Applicants could have requested up to a 50 percent match of funds for a project, for a maximum grant of $5,000. 

“It’s great to see these projects come to fruition,” said Brandy Miller, President/CEO of the Chamber. “We feel the enhancement projects chosen for funding will be wonderful additions to the community. We encourage the public to enjoy the warm weather and get outside to check out these spaces.”

Projects Awarded

The Blu Moon Bistro

A mini grant funded improvements to Blu Moon’s sidewalk cafe, including tables, a new sunshade, planter boxes and sidewalk repairs. The restaurant also plans a new sunshade for its upper deck seating, Over the Moon.

Book Mark Ludington

This book store/coffee shop has created an outdoor seating area for its customers to the south of the building. A new garage door, tables, chairs, umbrellas, lighting and fencing are all part of the project. 

Cluck Bucket has constructed a pavilion adjacent to the food truck where customers can enjoy eating their takeout, smoked chicken and sides. Flowers and fencing add to the beauty of the improvements. 


The tea shop continues to make improvements to its Hope for Humanity Park, where guests can enjoy outdoor seating next to the downtown business. Purchases from this grant included signage, a new sunshade and chairs.

Ludington Area Center for the Arts

Grant funds assisted LACA in purchasing a stage and lighting for its courtyard area for use in hosting outdoor concerts. Tower heaters, paint and clean-up of the garden area are also included. Be sure to check out the large mural that’s being added! 

Mary Case’s Art Gallery has a new pavilion on site at her gallery for the purpose of holding art classes and workshops outdoors this summer and beyond. Watch the Facebook page for upcoming events. 

Mason County District Library – Ludington and Scottville

Grant funding supplied the Scottville library with improvements to the front yard with fencing, a whimsical garden with art, and native plants. This area will be used for outdoor programming at the library.

Snyder’s Shoes

Exterior paint, concrete repair, flower boxes, handrails, and speakers are included in improvements to Snyder’s Shoes. The business wanted to update its facade in conjunction with the reconstruction of Legacy Plaza downtown. Any remaining updates that were delayed due to the plaza project will begin soon.