While owning and managing his Nantucket store, Mike met Paul (the former owner of the Alpine Shop) through his Patagonia rep and Paul had expressed interest in closing his shop. Mike saw many similarities between Nantucket and Newburyport, such as the New Englandy feel, similar architecture, and even street names. After some research, Mike found out that original settlers in Newburyport are the same ones that had founded and settled in Nantucket, hence the similarities. Mike decided that Newburyport would be a valuable place to expand his business, so he opened up the Haul Over on Liberty Street where the Alpine Shop used to be.
Mike has been successful in his entrepreneurial ventures, from running an ice cream shop to owning and expanding his own business, the Haul Over. He loves to work with his younger workers where he gets to act as a mentor as well as have a good time. There are always “good vibes” in the Haul Over.
Mike runs into the same challenges as other small businesses, but he has been successful in overcoming them. As he has expanded his store, he has learned to trust the people that he hires and give them autonomy.
Mike is impressed with the active local business community in Newburyport and he has assimilated into the community easily because of the supportive community.
Haul Over - Newburyport
7 Liberty Street, Newburyport, MA 01950