The Original Purveyor of Cherry Products – Benjamin Twiggs

As the original purveyor of cherry products in Michigan, Benjamin Twiggs brings you gourmet preserves, dried fruits, toppings and sauces from the cherry capital of the world, Traverse City.

Tell us a little about yourself and the company you own/run

In 1993 I ‘retired’ from my current computer systems engineer career to be a full-time stay at home mom to my 3 children.  Thirteen years later I was faced with a surprise divorce and a more surprising diagnosis of cancer.

After 6 months of cancer treatment, and no current career, in 2007  I found my passion when I worked part-time at Benjamin Twiggs.  In 2008, I took a leap of faith and purchased the company because it was rich in history, rich in delicious cherry products, and rich in loyal customers.

After 6 years, we have grown by leaps and bounds.  We were named one of the Top 10 Small Businesses in 2011 by the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce.  We doubled our storefront in 2012.  We share our local cherry jams, snacks, sauces, and coffees to more and more people every year.  One of the largest selections of cherry-themed gifts (aprons, dishtowels, jewelry) in Northern Michigan can be found in our store.   This year we added a local wine and beer.

Our corporate gift program is a favorite for professionals who want to send one or even 100 unique gifts to anyone in the world.

Benjamin Twiggs is the only solely female-owned cherry company in Traverse City.  We support many local charities, most notably our annual 5% of October sales donation to the Women’s Cancer Fund.

What is your location and when did you start/how long has the company been in business

We are located 1.5 miles east of downtown Traverse City, the cherry capital of the world. The company has been satisfying food lovers and gift givers since 1966.  Originally located in a hut in the shape of a cherry!

What makes your products special/unique

Locally owned and operated, my love of northern Michigan is instrumental in providing delicious cherry products from local cherries.  Production is in Northern Michigan and we purchase the great majority our boxes, labels, printing services and other miscellaneous items in northern Michigan as well.   People flock from all over the world to visit Traverse City and surrounding areas due to the local food, wine, and outstanding beaches.   As the ‘original’ purveyor of cherry products, Benjamin Twiggs is a go-to destination.

What’s the favorite part about your job

The customers we serve and the friends we have made.  People arrive happy and leave the store happier!

Where can we buy more of your products 

At our store at 1213 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI  49686 (1.5 miles east of downtown)

order by phone 231-947-0208

and in many gift and food stores around Michigan.

 Whats the best way to enjoy/eat/prepare/utilize your product

Right out of the bag or jar.. but check out the recipes on our website!