There are several good reasons to visit or live in Harrison, a small town in Clare County, in the middle of Michigan’s lower peninsula: Friendly people, wildlife, opportunities to hunt, fish, hike, bike, boat and shop, or just relax on the shore of one of the picturesque lakes in the area.
And then there is a sweet reason to visit Harrison: Jeannie, pie, cake, cookie and muffin maker extraordinaire.
Jeannie has a little bakery called Jitters Coffee Haus & Sweets located in a secondhand store she owns called Collector’s Market & Treasures. The building is on the southwest corner of Business 27 and Townline Lake Road at the north end of Harrison, directly across from Wilson State Park.
She always has a wide selection of homemade baked goods and if you come in the mornings you can nearly always count on finding a hot pie just out of the oven. Most are priced at only $10 with a crust made from scratch. And if the pie has a berry filling, it’s possible Jeannie might have picked the berries herself. But pies are not her only specialty. She has cakes of all types and even bakes to order using her recipe or yours. Cakes generally range from $10 – $12 although she now has smaller cakes that make four generous portions for $4 – $5.
And then there are the cookies. She always has traditional favorites like chocolate chip and peanut butter and a few you might not find anywhere else. I am partial to her raspberry shortcake cookies but then I have yet to find a cookie of hers I DON’T like. Most cookies cost 25 cents and there are even tables and coffee available if you want to eat them on the spot. I bring in my laptop and use her free Wi-Fi to read my emails while I munch.
Jeannie’s bakery and the second-hand store is open Friday through Sunday, mi-May through October and major holidays during that period. Hours are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends and holidays.
Stop by and see her the next time you are in Harrison. Tell her Marty says hello–unless of course I’m in line ahead of you.
(Editor’s Note: This post was originally written in 2011 under a blog that now deals with Clare County history and so was transferred to this blog and updated.)