By Sarah Pleiman

If you shop at Mac’s Market often, odds are you’ve seen Michael Bowler taking stock of the shelves. Michael is a Newberry native, and graduated from Newberry High School in 2003. The majority of Michael’s family lives nearby, with the exception of his stepbrother Matt, who lives on Mackinac Island. Michael’s favorite season is summer, and he’d visit the island more often if the ferry costs weren’t quite so high – a statement I think many of us can agree with. He enjoys spending time with his two cats, who live with him near the village. He played hockey when he was younger, and still enjoys creating fantasy sports teams when he’s not working.

After attending Lake Superior State University for a year, Michael transferred to Baker College, where he earned his Associates degree in Business. He says that he “enjoys working with numbers” so statistics and business are a great fit for him. He’s been a manager at Mac’s Market for about a year now, and says that the customers are the best part of his job. He’s proud to work for a caring business that wants to help out the community and still has job opportunities for high schoolers; “carry-out” employees aren’t commonly found at grocery stores anymore and he is thankful to be part of a community where they are still employed. And as someone who needs their assistance just about weekly, I can honestly say me too, Michael. Me, too.