THREE OAKS — “Burn it to the ground!”

That’s what her contractor brother said in 1992 when Colleen Froehlich purchased an old empty building at 26 North Elm Street in Three Oaks.

She spent day and night restoring and shaping it to fit her vision. Soon after, bountiful display cases filled with freshly baked artisan breads, jams and preserves glowed in the sunlight while beautiful housewares lined the shelves. The vintage neon sign that hung in her grandfather’s grocery store in St. Joseph was turned on and FROEHLICH’S was open for business.

It’s been 30 years since the bakery opened its doors and three years since realizing her grand vision of converting the old Three Oaks pharmacy into what’s now Froehlich’s Kitchen & Pantry. The new megastore is an 11,000-square-foot culinary and retail campus complete with a full-service restaurant, bar, piano lounge, deli, retail market, liquor store and last, but not least, luxury event space.

To celebrate these Harbor Country milestones, Representative Brad Paquette recently presented Colleen with a tribute from the State of Michigan signed by himself, Senator Kim LaSata and Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

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