March 27 2013 12:00 AM

Williamston New Businesses

Photo by J.D. Small

Spring is off to a relatively chilly start, but in Williamston business is in full bloom. Three new businesses celebrated grand openings last week, while a fourth moved into a space nearly six times the size of its previous location.

Beyond the Fleece, 127 W. Grand River Ave., used to be cooped up in a 300-square-foot room inside Keller’s Plaza, but it recently moved to a 2,000-square-foot location down the block. Owner/operator Jill Blain said the store, which focuses on Michigan products, “just exploded,” prompting the need for more space.

Beyond the Fleece features fiber from her family farm’s angora goats, angora rabbits, Shetland sheep, alpacas and llamas. There’s also a consignment shop featuring work done by local fiber artists, as well as spinning classes, crocheting classes, rug braiding classes and knitting classes, so you can learn how to make your own alpaca socks.

Facials and More Med Spa, 311 W. Grand River, is owned and operated by licensed aesthetician Cheryl Selph, who’s been practicing for over eight years. Facials and More offers a full range of professional grade skin-care treatments, including facials, chemical peels, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, skin-tightening and skin rejuvenation. Being an entrepreneur runs in the family — her husband, Tyler Selph, owns and operates the nearby Cash for Anything Pawn Shop.

Brian King is the general manager at Tom Donnelly’s Williamston Barbell Club, 350 W. Grand River. The 2,800-square-foot space is divided into separate lifting and training areas. It’s located right along the Red Cedar River.

King said the gym has the most up-to-date equipment, and will draw top-level bodybuilding competitors from all over the country to train there. You don’t have to be a member to take a class, which start at $10 per class. King has 23 years of training experience; his coworkers include top national bodybuilder Joe Leahy and Kim Wathen, a master of exercise science, who will lead classes in yoga, Pilates, Butts and Guts and more.

Rounding out the Williamston business boom is Sweet Cake Co., 122 W. Grand River. Owner Shayna Bennett creates award-winning specialty cakes for all occasions, as well as an assortment of jumbo gourmet cupcakes complete with unique flavors.

Own your own bar

If you’ve ever wanted to own your own Irish tavern, you have until Friday not to have to start from scratch. Irish Pub and Grill, 1910 W. Saginaw St. in Lansing, is up for auction. That’s right — just go to the Thompson Auctioneers website ( and make a bid, and it could be yours, pending bank approval. No one at the bar could be reached for comment, but according to the website, it’s a package deal, complete with a Class C liquor license, a full commercial kitchen and all equipment required to maintain the business. And hey, you don’t have to worry about St. Patrick’s Day for nearly a year.

Beyond the Fleece
127 W. Grand River Ave., Williamston
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday; noon-8 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday
(517) 927-8595

Facials and More Med Spa
311 W. Grand River Ave., Williamston
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday
(517) 977-2020

Tom Donnelly’s Williamston Barbell Club
350 W. Grand River Ave., Williamston
6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6 p.m.– 4 pm. Saturday; 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday
(517) 996-6050

Sweet Cake Co.
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday; closed Sunday-Monday
(517) 402-9401