Mel North – The North Place

Written By: Jailynn Goforth & Andrya Tester

After working at Gates, and in the apparel manufacturing field for 28 years, Mel North decided to open his own store, The North Place, during his retirement years. The store is located at 905 Bridge Street.

“I haven’t always wanted to do it, but I enjoy it,” Mel said of opening his own business.

Mel grew up in a small town, about half the size of Humboldt. He prefers to live in a small town because it gives him the opportunity to know everyone. His wife moved to Humboldt in 1953, and she has a lot of family here.

“I grew up in a town about half the size of Humboldt and enjoyed that. You know people; you make friends,” Mel said. “You can make friends in a city, but in a small town you make a lot of friends.”

North is currently trying to expand his business by making t-shirts for companies like Gates as well as baseball team shirts.

His store opened in February this year, and business has been good so far.

Stacy and Mark Mueller – Stacy Cakes

Written By: Aidan Collins & Joseph Froggatte

Stacy Cakes is one of many businesses located on the square in Humboldt, Kan. The bakery’s owners are Stacy and Mark Mueller. Stacy Cakes is a small, locally owned business that has been open for several years now.

“I opened my store here in Humboldt because my wife’s family has been here for some time,” Mark said. “We saw an old building for sale, and we decided it would be a good idea to open up a store.”

Mark was also in Humboldt for most of his childhood, and though he has lived in countless places, he always felt like Humboldt was his home. The couple did not expect to open Stacy Cakes until the opportunity for them arrived. The Muellers plan to eventually expand their business in the future and open other bakeries in their name.

“We plan to branch out and start new bakeries in other places in Kansas,” Mark said. “For now, business is good, and we will be ready to branch out when the time comes.”

Stacy Cakes is most well-known for their variety of desserts. They make anything from cupcakes for birthday parties to larger cakes for weddings. Stacy Cakes was built from the ground up and continues to flourish in the growing Humboldt community.

Check out Stacy Cakes’ website and on Facebook.

Sheila Fitzmaurice – Everything Fitz

Written By: Jailynn Goforth & Andrya Tester

Sheila Fitzmaurice, owner of Everything Fitz, worked for the Humboldt School District for 26 years before she realized that she needed a change.

Sheila had always had the dream of opening a store, and Humboldt was the perfect place to fulfill that dream. She had lived here since she was little, and she loves the people. Sheila says she loves the fact that there are always familiar faces coming into the store; everyone is always ready to help people. She said Humboldt has such nice and supportive people.

Sheila believes that bigger and better things are coming for Humboldt with all the new stores, restored buildings, and new people.

Sheila’s store is a consignment store. She sells a variety of items, from clothing to toys. Her store is easy to get around and all the workers are eager to help whenever they can. Her store offers various clothing, furniture and housing items, along with a variety of other miscellaneous items.

When Sheila first opened her store, it was in a small building crammed between a newspaper business and a restaurant. She continued to work at the school, only opening the store in the evenings and on the weekends. Soon, all she wanted to do was work at the store. That is when she retired from the school and opened her business full time. She moved to a bigger building and expanded her selection of products.

Now business is booming, and she could not be more happy about her choice.

Check out Everything Fitz on Facebook.

Featuring the People & Places of Humboldt

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