The Sturgeon River Pottery Story

Sturgeon River Pottery Steve Andrews Karen Andrews

With over 39 years in business, the story of Sturgeon River is a good one. Sturgeon River Pottery was founded by Karen and Steve Andrews in 1980 in Wolverine, Michigan, approximately 25 miles east of Petoskey. Karen and Steve began with their first studio on the banks of the Sturgeon River but it wasn’t long before Karen and Steve opened the first Sturgeon River Pottery store on Main Street in Wolverine. Originally a gas station, the building served as studio, gallery, and workshop.

dana andrews karen andrewsAfter a short time Sturgeon River Pottery was relocated to Bay Shore, Michigan, approximately 5 miles west of Petoskey. There the store added products in addition to the Andrews’ pottery including locally made candles and gifts. As the local and regional following for Sturgeon River Pottery continued to grow, the store once again outgrew its home.

Sturgeon River Pottery – PetoskeyIt was then, in 1984, that Sturgeon River Pottery moved to its current location on Charlevoix Avenue (US 31) one mile west of Petoskey where they remain today.

Sturgeon River Pottery Petoskey MichiganOver the years Sturgeon River Pottery has expanded many times to become the icon it is today.  With over 4 acres of tantalizing garden decor, pottery, petoskey stones, wild bird feeding supplies, Adirondack furniture and other treasures, Sturgeon River is an annual stop for many visitors to Northern Michigan.

The Andrews’ legacy continues with the second generation of family now owning and operating the business.  Current president and owner Dana Andrews continues the legacy started by his parents with a passion for retail and ensuring the best shopping experience in Northern Michigan.

The Sturgeon River family of businesses also includes our sister store NorthGoods in downtown Petoskey – itself offering a huge collection of Northern Michigan art and gifts as well as Little Traverse Tileworks a designer and manufacturer of decorative ceramic tile.

sturgeon river pottery crewWith the help of an exceptional crew and loyal customer base, the Andrews family has grown Sturgeon River Pottery into the landmark business people enjoy today and hope to continue for generations to come.