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On the Scene: Making your own creations at the Mud Room in Ada

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The Mud Room

Wood sign workshops at The Mud Room
Ada Drive @ Fulton, Ada, Mich.

First step …


Middle of the project ...

The final product looks good!


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    • The Southwest Michigan FTC Watchdog Group

      Oh, and FYI for Fox17 employees:
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    • Andrew

      Laws are only as good as the enforcement behind them. If this law is enforced, Mlive would cease to exist as it is an ad agency masquerading as a news outlet. Yet it remains. Don’t get me wrong, I think that would be a very good thing. I just don’t think it likely to happen.

  • Tim Barney

    My wife has enjoyed this place, a lot, and on other occasions our grandchildren as well. It’s a fun place that they enjoyed creating gifts and home decorations. The best parts was using the facility and tools that they don’t have at home, and having some guidance on how to do the art stuff.
    I thought the story was an informational one – the threatening comments by the person(s) calling themselves “The Southwest Michigan FTC Watchdog Group” are in appropriate. If they had a legitimate and official interest in this news story then they would have communication via private channels, not via public comments. How odd. And bogus.

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