IT ALL BEGAN WHEN Dale Bradley & George Gerrie, two friends from the Kalamazoo area, had a dream of opening a store in Northern Michigan. The site they chose was on M-119 between Petoskey & Harbor Springs.
In 1967 they packed up their families and moved to Northern Michigan. Many were unsure of their decision back then. At that time their was little development on M-119. The State Park had not been built yet. But the two men knew they would be the only store between Petoskey and the ski resorts.
They stuck to their dream and built what is now Toski Sands Plaza. They built the store themselves and opened the doors in April of 1968.
Now today, M-119 is a busy corridor between Petoskey & Harbor Springs. Toski Sands Market & Party Store still survive today due to the hard work of the Bradley & Gerrie families and the loyalty of the many generation who have called Toski Sands “Their Store” And how did Toski Sands get such a name?
They wanted to show that the store was open year round (only closed on Christmas Day) and they wanted the name to reflect summer and winter sports.
So – the merging of “To Ski” and “Sands”