Larsen’s Landscaping is Manistee Area Business of the Year.

November 10, 2017

Karen and Bruce Larsen

Larsen’s Landscaping is Manistee Area Business of the Year.


By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

MANISTEE TOWNSHIP — Larsen’s Landscaping and Lawn Care, 3021 Schoedel Rd., was named the Manistee County Business of the Year during the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting and awards dinner at the Little River Casino Resort.

Other award winners included: The Fillmore, Small Business of the Year; Kathryn Kenny, executive director of Manistee County Visitors Bureau, Business Person of the Year; and the Armory Youth Project, Community Action Award.

“We are truly honored to have nominated, let alone to receive the Business of the Year award,” said Karen Larsen, who owns the business with her husband, Bruce. “We are committed to the communities we serve, to our customers, and to our incredible team.”

Larsen’s Landscaping and Lawn Care began 18 years ago with a location on US 31 just north of Sugar Grove Road in Mason County’s Victory Township. In 2013, the business expanded into Manistee County with its Manistee Township location at the intersection of Schoedel Road and M 22.

“We had been serving Manistee County from our Scottville office but had the opportunity to purchase an existing business, which allowed us to better serve all of Manistee County.”

Karen said community involvement is one of the keys to being a successful business. Larsen’s donate to many community projects including the Portage Lake Watershed, Bear Lake beautification projects, and the Manistee County Fair.

She said the business’s success is due to its 42 dedicated employees.

“Our team is great and they are the true reason behind our success.”

The Larsens put an emphasis on customer service. “People ask us how we grew our business so fast. I think one of the main reasons was that we always make sure we have someone who can answer the phone. When our customers call, they speak to a person not an answering machine.”

Growing a business isn’t easy, especially one that relies on the weather. “There have been a lot of sleepless nights,” Karen said. “But, it’s been worth it. We are so thankful to be able to live and work in northwestern Michigan and serve Mason and Manistee counties.”