If you’ve never been to Mason, you’ve missed out on a small but charming and historic downtown, with some very popular businesses and a lot of heart.
“The locally-owned, independent businesses in a community give it its unique character. Shifting our shopping and moving more of our purchases to those businesses makes for a more vibrant and prosperous community,” said Doug Klein, executive director of the Mason Chamber of Commerce, which provided a ribbon cutting for The Vault Delicatessen (Vault) on Friday, April 13, 2018 in celebration of their 10th anniversary.
The wine and specialty food store is located at 368 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Mason. Jamie Robinson and her husband Scott own the Vault, as well as Darrell’s Market and Bestsellers, also in Mason. Robinson says the Vault’s specialty sandwiches are the most popular product at the deli and one of the reasons for such great customer loyalty.
When asked what keeps a small business successful for a decade, Robinson said, “We are third generation owners of Darrell’s. Our tag line is, ‘Our family serving yours, since 1945.’ We keep adding extra services and specialty goods to our core retail.”
About being a business owner in Mason and the future of the Vault, Robinson said “Downtown Mason has a cool vibe with over 58 rehabbed upper floor apartments, the beautiful Ingham County Courthouse. I’d like to see us expand our catering and cocktail bar events.”
As far as advice to other small business owners, Robinson leaves us with final words for success. “Love the people, love your community, make it personal.”