Dave and Ruth Skop

“I really love the four seasons. We love to be outdoors in every one of them,” shares Dave Skop.  They are especially active in winter – skiing or hiking trails with their black Lab, Jack.  “That’s due to running retail businesses, in part” explains Ruth. “There’s not a lot of time for recreation in the summer!”


Dave and Ruth have deep roots in the area.  Dave is originally from Boyne Falls and Ruth grew up in East Jordan.  They have owned several businesses over the years, including Ben Franklin Crafts, Wood & Wicker, Scrapper’s Attic, and Mitchell Street Frameworks.  In 2009, Ruth became an Edward Jones Investment advisor and Dave currently runs Mitchell Street Frameworks among other endeavors.   


“We both had a modest upbringing and I know it doesn’t work out well for everyone.  We feel grateful for our outcome,” says Ruth.  “Dave and I are pretty simple: we work hard, so we want to live comfortably, eat good food, and see our children when we want.”  With that in mind, they have provided for local organizations in their estate plan through the Charlevoix County Community Foundation.  “I learned about giving through the Community Foundation while serving on an advisory committee.  We decided to include organizations that are near to our hearts and that we already give to,” says Ruth.  “We don’t need to keep it all for ourselves,” notes Dave. “And we hope others will be encouraged to consider how they might be able to make a difference,” adds Ruth.  In more ways than one, these two are making a difference close to home.