Mason Times staff writer
MASON — Bucking the recession and a drop in Michigan’s population, Mason has seen an increase in business and residents.
City Administrator Marty Colburn said the city’s population grew by 15 percent in the 10 years leading up to the2010 census.
Colburn says Mason has grown because of its location and quality of life. According to Mason’s website, about 700 housing units have been added during the past decade.
“There has also been some industry growth, which has provided jobs for people around Mason,” Colburn said.
The population growth seems to be spurring businesses to start up. This spring, two new businesses will call Mason home.
BAD Brewing Company, a small microbrewery, and Ballyhoo, a retail shop, will be opening next to each other on South Jefferson.
Brian Rasdale, owner of BAD Brewing Company, is happy starting a business in Mason. He spent a year looking for a city and decided Mason was the best.
“One of the biggest reasons Mason was chosen was because of the growth of the area,” Rasdale said.
He added that the city is very pro-downtown. Mason offers incentives besides a growing population.
“A huge benefit is the ease of working with the city,” Rasdale said. “They want to promote their downtown area and get new businesses to town.”
Other local business owners agree. Jettie Feintuch, owner of the Old Mill Antiques Mall, has been in Mason for more than40 years.
“It really is a good community for doing business,” Feintuch said. “The city leaders are easy to work with. I’m glad I’m here.”
Feintuch added that the best part of Mason is the community itself. Everyone works together to create that hometown feel.
Colburn said that these new businesses will be a nice attribute to the city.
“It’s really great that these two businesses are opening up,” Feintuch said. “Mason is really expanding and it’s good for all of us!”