Charlie was born to parents Hazel and Charles Moore January 10, 1940, in Dundee, Michigan. His parents and sisters Sarah and Dorothy preceded him in death.
Charlie was gregarious and best known here for his Season’s Harvest line of foods that he retailed at his charming store in Harbert. The line was also sold wholesale across the country and at Crate and Barrel, Williams Sonoma, and other upscale retailers. Amongst many sauces, he marketed butterscotch featuring his beloved golden Labrador in a tryptic photo on the jar’s label. Her name is Butterscotch. He was a member of many professional associations; locally he was an earlier member of the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce, and the Harbert Business Association and participated in their umbrella auction. A graduate of the U of M, he was an ardent football fan and went to the games for decades regardless of rain, sleet, or snow.
He is survived by his nieces Marta Monson and Tina Halverson, and nephew Eric Monson all whom he adored. He attended his great nephew’s wedding in Colorado this past August where he was especially celebrated by his adoring family.
Charlie was always an innovator in retail starting with his first store in Dundee, which was an old drug store where he threw out the drugs, and introduced many other products in perfume, jewelry and gifts. Dundee didn’t know what hit them. It was a great success.
His second store was in Ypsilanti where he worked his retail magic on that store as well; it became a destination store for Eastern University students and townspeople alike. It was next door to another start-up shop called Domino’s Pizza. Both did quite well thereafter.
Those first stores emboldened him to create the Stanger’s Design emporiums named after his merchant grandfather, with sprawling stores located in Birmingham, Ann Arbor and East Lansing. He won two of the “Best Store Design in the US” awards from the revered Gift and Decorative Accessories publication. He published one of the earliest gift catalogs that was a forerunner of many to follow.
In later years, he relocated to Chicago and established CMA, a sales repping firm for the gift industry located on Clark Street near the Mart. CMA soon represented the best of the contemporary home decor merchandise in the country. He followed this huge showroom success with the acquisition of a troubled food company that he turned around and made a stunning success. He named it Season’s Harvest, a legend in its own time. He also convinced the city fathers to allow him to open Chicago’s first sidewalk cafe called “Quadrant.”
There will be a Memorial Service and Celebration of Charlie’s life on Saturday, February 4, at 3 p.m. at Converge Church, New Buffalo. Reverends Jeff Dryden and Dave Evans officiating, with eulogies by relatives and friends. Entertainment, with the brilliant David Lahm at the keyboard with the outstanding vocalists Frank Casorio, Cindy Dryden and others performing. Hors d’ eouvres by Mesa Luna, Schu’s Grille and Bar, and others, with beverage offerings.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Charlie’s favorite charity, the Michiana Humane Society at www.michianahumanesociety.org, or bring donations to the memorial.