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Choose the North

Choose the North

To address the talent challenges faced by many local businesses, the 2023 NLEA/DTE Energy Foundation Interns are launching a talent attraction campaign and brand to show what makes living and working in Northern Lower Michigan special. The team’s goal is to target...

Unlock Your Creative Potential with Little Bay Boards and Trotec Laser

Unlock Your Creative Potential with Little Bay Boards and Trotec Laser

Unlock the endless possibilities of a laser cutter. From creating intricate designs on wood, acrylic, and metal to crafting personalized gifts and home decor, the Trotec Laser empowers you to unleash your creativity. Transform ordinary objects into extraordinary masterpieces with ease and precision. Discover the joy of bringing your imagination to life and join the laser cutting revolution. Little Bay Boards – where innovation meets craftsmanship.

Grand Opening – Recap

Grand Opening – Recap

On May 19th, 2023 Little Bay Boards finally hosted the much anticipated Grand Opening of their new Showroom at 355 N. Division Rd in Petoskey Michigan. The floor was swept and paddle boards were hung on the wall like fine art.  The ribbon was cut, a raffle ticket was...

Paddling the Blue Podcast

Paddling the Blue Podcast

Paddle Board builder Jason Thelen gets interviewed on Paddling The Blue Podcast Episode #84 – Canoecopia 2023 – Madison, WI

Three Takeaways: Little Bay Boards

Three Takeaways: Little Bay Boards

Thanks to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for putting this awesome video and article together for us! Three Takeaways: Little Bay Boards Courtney Overbey | Friday, December 3, 2021 Petoskey craftsman Jason Thelen of Little Bay Boards shares his “bottom...

Michigan Economic Development – Success Stories

Michigan Economic Development – Success Stories

Thanks to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for putting this awesome video and article together for us! Little Bay Boards Petoskey-Based Entrepreneur Showcases Michigan’s Unequaled Economy and Quality of Living Jason Thelen knows the value of his home,...

Next up – Country Music Star Kenny Chesney

Next up – Country Music Star Kenny Chesney

"These boards are unique because they are completely custom and hollow," Davis said.   "We do not use any foam on the insides of the board."Next up – Country music star Kenny Chesney and Trading Places star Ty Pennington. The two international celebrities are...

Michigan Home & Lifestyle

Michigan Home & Lifestyle

Thanks to Candie Conat for featuring us in Michigan Home & Lifestyle!WRITER | CANDIE CONATPHOTOS | LITTLE BAY BOARDS Jason Thelen, the owner of Little Bay Boards, had no idea that by building his daughter one wooden paddleboard, he would end up launching a...

Sterling Heights woodworking class making waves…

Sterling Heights woodworking class making waves…

A couple years ago we “threw a rock” now we get to watch all the ripples! Sterling Heights woodworking class making waves with celebrities, breaking stereotypes “What does billionaire Sir Richard Branson, actor Amy Smart, and Spanx founder Sara Blakely have in common?...

Bay Harbor RESIDE Magazine: Building your dream, one board at a time

Bay Harbor RESIDE Magazine: Building your dream, one board at a time

Little Bay Boards “Building your dream” …one board at a time.There is no better start of a story then one of a father fulfilling a request from his nine year old daughter who requested a paddleboard...but the request was she did not want one from a store, but...

Woodworkers make board for billionaire Branson

Woodworkers make board for billionaire Branson

Henry Ford II High School woodworking teacher Christopher Davis and his students present the paddleboard they are making for billionaire Richard Branson.By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published November 15, 2019 Student Sydney Szymanski works on the...

Northern Express – LITTLE BAY BOARDS: WHO WANTS IN?

Northern Express – LITTLE BAY BOARDS: WHO WANTS IN?

Thanks to Ross Boissoneau for this great write up on Little Bay Boards…What dad hasn’t wanted to do something special for his child? Jason Thelen loved being on his standup paddleboard, so when his nine-year-old daughter asked for one too, he was happy to oblige. One...

Henry Ford II woodworking program gets national recognition

Henry Ford II woodworking program gets national recognition

Summer breaks have been kind to the Henry Ford II woodworking program.  Last summer, Henry Ford II woodworking teacher Christopher Davis spent time at a Northern Michigan paddle board company and brought their unique process back to his students.  This summer, the...

Junior Achievement launches entrepreneurship education program

Junior Achievement launches entrepreneurship education program

The goal of the program is to get young local entrepreneurs into classrooms to share their experiences and career paths with students. Jason Thelen of Little Bay Boards, Katie Potts of Petoskey Cheese, Cheryl Tallman of Fresh Baby, Emerson Meyer of The Waffle Cabin and Herb Carlson of SCORE were the first entrepreneurs to address the students and answer their questions.

Crain’s Detroit: Catch a wave

Crain’s Detroit: Catch a wave

Lake Affect is a shop in downtown Petoskey. It carries clothes and home decor, but its focus is on creations by local artists. It might seem like an unlikely retailer for stand-up paddleboards. Until you've seen the boards made by Jason Thelen, the Native American...

Destination Michigan, Petoskey: Little Bay Boards

Destination Michigan, Petoskey: Little Bay Boards

Jason Thelen, founder of Little Bay Boards, can’t imagine making his eco-friendly, hollow-wood standup paddle boards anywhere else, first and foremost because Petoskey is his home.

Artist Profile: Jason Thelen

Artist Profile: Jason Thelen

Written by Sean Miller/ Full article at originally published by News-ReviewWhat started as a project to make an affordable paddle board has turned into a budding business for Jason Thelen of Little Bay Boards. “It really all started because I couldn’t afford to buy a...

Artistic, Eco-Friendly Paddle Boards in Petoskey

Artistic, Eco-Friendly Paddle Boards in Petoskey

Thanks to 9&10 News for this great Video!"It was a crystal, flat day on Lake Michigan that sparked Jason Thelen’s hands and heart. Now captive by his experience, The Petoskey resident works to create functional, wooden pieces of art so others can feel the same...

The Detroit News – Little Bay Boards built in Petoskey

The Detroit News – Little Bay Boards built in Petoskey

This is great. We are so lucky to have Taylor “Jetson” on our team. Thanks for the shout out John Russell at The Detroit New!See all the awesome photos they featured on DetroitNews.com to help tell our story!

Michigan Country Lines – Petoskey Stands Up for Little Bay Boards

Michigan Country Lines – Petoskey Stands Up for Little Bay Boards

This month we had the honor of being featured on the front cover of Great Lakes Energy Co-op’s Michigan Country Lines publication…If it takes a village to raise a child, then it most certainly takes one to raise a brainchild. Little Bay Boards, the brainchild of Jason...

Paddleboards built from passion: Little Bay Boards ~ Standup Journal

Paddleboards built from passion: Little Bay Boards ~ Standup Journal

Evelyn O’Doherty from Standup Journal put this article together about Jason at Little Bay Boards… “It hasn’t always been rainbows and butterflies.  But then, nothing worth chasing ever is.”  These are words spoken by Little Bay Boards owner/artist & board builder,...

MTM On The Road: Little Bay Boards in Petoskey

MTM On The Road: Little Bay Boards in Petoskey

At Little Bay Boards they pose an honest question: Life comes in waves, why not ride them? The Petoskey-based business specializes in all-natural wooden stand-up paddle boards. Each vessel is hand crafted with the user in mind, including their size, what the board’s...

Northern Express – Art to be ‘used and abused’

Northern Express – Art to be ‘used and abused’

Growing up in Petoskey, Jason Thelen dreamed of being a surfer and riding the big saltwater waves. But fate kept him near fresh water, so he adapted accordingly and began building custom standup paddleboards that "take the big lake’s little waves," he said. "My paddle...