When Alpena local Shawn Ochsner heard news about the town’s lone eatery and convenient store closing its doors, she immediately sprung into action.
“I found out it was closing and I thought, what is Alpena going to do without the Red Hog,” Ochsner remembers. “Once I found out the previous owners wanted to sell, I started thinking it wouldn’t be a bad idea to find partners and buy it.”
When Ochsner tossed the idea around with family members, she had a great response right off the bat.
“I told Shawn I’d help work when I could around my full time job,” said Ochsner’s sister Tara Viktora.
But when Ochsner approached her mom, Karen Kelsey about it, she received a fervent “no.”