New Harbor Beach design store works for a good cause

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A new design boutique called Me and More opened in Harbor Beach a few months ago. Her owner hopes she can raise awareness for a cause she is passionate about.

Kristen Ramsey, owner of Me and More, has lived in Harbor Beach since 2006, where she worked as a teacher. After having children and deciding that teaching was not for her, she got into the insurance business while getting involved with foster families.

After another clothing customization store in Harbor Beach closed, Ramsey wanted the opportunity to bring a store like this back to the area.

“It allows me to keep doing the other things that I love to do,” Ramsey said.


Me and More officially started in October 2021, operating out of a corner of Dirty Hooker Diesel, which Ramsey’s fiancé owns, located on Industrial Parkway in Harbor Beach. Besides Ramsey, the staff includes designers Dalia Nuncio and Stephanie Ritcher, as well as accountant and customer service representative Melissa Glaza.

“If I had to start with myself, I don’t know where I would be,” Ramsey said. “Fortunately, I have a very capable staff.”

The name Me and More comes from the way people can come in and get their own personalized clothes. The shop offers all kinds of design work, from logo design to commercial work, signage and sportswear for schools, which is achieved through heat transfer imaging and embroidery. internally.

One of Me and More’s most recent jobs was putting together clothing for Our Lady of Lake Huron’s eighth grade graduation, where Nuncio incorporated the child’s signatures into their clothing designs.

“Anything they can imagine, we can make it happen,” Ramsey said.

The nuncio said the time it takes to put a design on a garment depends on the type of design, with Ramsey adding that their turnover is normally very quick.

“If it’s something super extravagant, it takes a long time,” Nuncio said. “With a design already pre-made, it’s quite fast.”

The store also sells products from other local vendors, such as beach glass jewelry, shaped air fresheners called freshies, blankets, soaps, lotions, and candles.

Me and More doesn’t just do business in Harbor Beach. Some products have already shipped to the states of Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, Alabama, Colorado, California and Alaksa. About 50% of orders come from the web, while the other half is placed in person.

As part of Ramsey’s fostering and adoption efforts, Me and More offers a line of clothing with phrases such as “Foster Love” and “When it’s hard to love, love harder”. The proceeds of the latter are intended to help young people in foster care.

Foster care was not something Ramsey experienced when she was younger, but she became more passionate as she grew up. She has had three foster children since she started her involvement in December 2020, currently having two, and wants to help those kids out there who don’t have a home, love, or have love but not a suitable living environment. Richter has also been involved in caring for foster children

“I have three biological children of my own and I want to teach them to love,” Ramsey said. “In order to teach this to children, I have to demonstrate it.”

Ramsey’s goals for the future of Me and More include getting a separate location for the store and building his reputation in town.

“We want to be the one-stop-shop for all Harbor Beach customization needs,” Ramsey said. “We want to build a great reputation and want customers to know that customer service is a priority, that we’re always here.”

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