Stay Dowagiac continues to strengthen its allure in southwest Michigan as a second and, most recently, a third Airbnb join its ranks.
Desmond Lathan, owner of The Hatch Street Manor, hosted the Chamber’s Business After Hours in September, as more than 35 Chamber members and City officials enjoyed personal tours of this luxury boutique guesthouse.
Nestled within a quiet, wooded setting 10 minutes from town, The Hatch Street Manor is one of three new Airbnbs to recently open within Dowagiac. Sister properties include the 1870 House on Division Street and The Altus that will host the October 27 Business After Hours downtown.
Sitting on three acres, the four-bedroom stylish home with a modern vibe is available for overnight rentals to private events.
“We are happy to be a part of the Stay Dowagiac collective,” Lathan said. “Hopefully everyone in town will start to use that hash tag. Shannon Lyons and her partner, Cathy McBride, have The Altus, which just opened. Zena Burns and her husband, Richard Jackson, have 1870 House and Stephen Westman is opening Wonder Woods campground at Sister Lakes next year. Between all of us, there is more than enough housing for people, who visit the community.”
“Stay Dowagiac is bringing people to town, which helps everyone,” Lathan said. “Guests are going to wake up in the morning and go to The Bakery’s Rhapsody for coffee and to all of the businesses downtown.”
“Desmond is a great asset to Dowagiac,” said Mayor Don Lyons, who has known the Chicagoan for a number of years. “Desmond’s latest endeavor is transformative. Stay Dowagiac is going to put Dowagiac on the map. It is going to make things that were once awkward - not just doable, but fun.”
“These are great properties,” Lyons said, referring to The Hatch Street Manor, 1870 House and The Altus. “They are extraordinarily done. While they each have a different vibe, they work in concert with one another to give the guests of our community the best possible experience.”
“I am looking forward to seeing what it looks like a year from today,” Mayor Lyons said. “I am confident there will be other people who see the successes this group is enjoying and will want to become part of it. That will be the ultimate validation of your vision, your investment and your commitment to the community.”
Chamber President Kris Soenen, owner of Who Knew? Consignment, joined Desmond, Mayor Lyons, and Zena Burns, as they each held red ribbons, symbolically tying the new Airbnb into the community.
“The four ribbons represent the Chamber, city, business owner and community,” Soenen said. “The goal being we are all here to support the new business. We all have a lot of resources to share with Desmond and with each other. As a community, it is our hope we are all willing to do so, we are willing to bring others into the community, and we are willing to share our knowledge and resources to help this new business grow. As this new business grows, so do all of our businesses.”