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Sanctuary Changes Hands

Ansel Bowden, the former manager of Sanctuary Handcrafted Goods, is now the owner after taking over from Christie Minervini, who had an 18-year tenure. The store sells natural, authentic and ethically sourced handicrafts, including local and imported gifts, jewelry, decorative accessories and entertaining accents. Minervini  says, “The sale is bittersweet. I’ve loved the village camaraderie and working with regional artists and craftspeople. I’m also incredibly grateful for our employees and customers over the years, they’re the ones who are really responsible for our success.”

            The business opened in 2004 as the first retail store in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and will remain an anchor tenant among the Mercato shops and restaurants. Bowden says, “Christie has done a wonderful job curating the store to provide a fun assortment of unique gifts, books, art and jewelry. I wouldn’t want to alter this formula. I also love that we showcase the work of many local artists and have a rotating selection of works that cater to a variety of different styles.” He has a number of changes planned to build upon our existing brand, including a more robust website and social media presence, as well as a greater selection of affordable options for the average consumer.

Location: 800 Cottageview Dr., Ste. 50, Traverse City. For more information, call 231-932-0775 or visit