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We built a store! It’s an online store called, what else, the Old Mission Peninsula Store. Click over to and check it out. This is the “super secret OMP project” I’ve mentioned here and there over the past few months, and I’m happy to finally launch it into cyberspace. So happy. Hours and hours of burning the midnight oil happy.

What’s In the Old Mission Peninsula Store?

In the Old Mission Peninsula Store, you’ll find all things celebrating our beautiful OMP, including T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, mugs, vinyl car stickers (so many stickers), greeting cards, photo prints, tote bags, pillows and much more.

Old Mission Gazette is Reader Supported.
Click Here to Keep the Gazette Going.

Most items in the store feature designs that we – my husband Tim and I – created, but we’re also featuring lots of OMP historical items, as well. Everything in the store has a story attached to it. We hope you’ll read and enjoy our stories.

We’ve also grouped a few things into specific collections, including:

You can also shop by Women, Men and Kids. By the way, that particular section on the home page features photos of my mom outside our old house on the home farm north of Mapleton (Women), my dad and his hired hand (Men – Real Men), and me and my sister Carol and brother Ward (Kids), playing in the snowbank in our back yard in Old Mission sometime in the 1960s. I don’t know where Dean was. Probably in his room talking to someone half-way across the globe on his HAM radio.

It’s More Than a Store

Old Mission Gazette is an online newspaper, which encompasses a lot of territory – development news, Township governance, current events, calendar items, daily life, OMP history and profiles of OMP residents past and present.

With the Old Mission Peninsula Store, we really wanted to focus more on the history and beauty of the Old Mission Peninsula. Things keep changing between these two bays, and we feel it’s important to showcase historical images, locations, things, happenings, and people that reflect our rich history.

After all, many of our Peninsula neighbors are recent arrivals in a historical sense, and providing snippets of OMP history is not only educational and entertaining, but also promotes camraderie and a foundation that binds us all together.

So whether you’re a resident, former resident or visitor, we hope you enjoy our products. Wear them, use them, send them, and in the process, know more, see more, and be more of an OMPer than ever before.

What’s Coming Up?

My next project for the store is to create assorted 2018 Calendars featuring gorgeous photos of the OMP – maybe even some horses, dogs and cats, maybe even YOUR horses, dogs and cats. I’ll have those done by the first of November, so you guys can order them in time for the holiday giving season.

I’m also super happy to get back to regular posting on Old Mission Gazette, because it’s gotten short shrift while I’ve been building the store. And as we all know, there’s always a LOT going on in our township, including the public hearing on The 81 coming up.

Also, know that the dollars you spend in the Old Mission Peninsula Store are helping to support a small family business that’s devoted to the OMP community. Tim and I are forever grateful to have grown up here, raised our two kids here, and have all of you as our beloved neighbors.

P.S. Let me know if anything looks wonky on the store.

P.S.S. Tim said I’m not supposed to tell you this, because he doesn’t want me selling stuff out of the car at a community picnic or whatever. But I’ll have some vinyl car stickers with me, in case you see me out and about and want to buy one. No, I won’t be lugging t-shirts and hats around with me. Those you’ll have to buy through the store. 🙂

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

Because Old Mission Gazette is a "Reader Supported Newspaper" -- meaning it exists because of your financial support -- I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks our way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the OMP. In a time when local news is becoming a thing of the past, supporting an independent community newspaper is more important now than ever.

To keep the Gazette going, click here to make a donation. Thank you so much for your support. -jb

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    • Thanks, Susan. OMP history is one of my favorite parts of running Old Mission Gazette and the Old Mission Peninsula Store. I can’t wait to add more historical cards and photo prints, and we love being able to include the names and history on the back of each card. It’s a little extra work, but so worth it!


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