Sid’s Party Store, Ruth Ann Saide    

Ruth Ann Saide, 65, owns Sid’s Party Store with her brother, Doug. Sid’s is located at the corner of Ashman and Hines streets in Midland.

They have five employees. They sell fresh-cut meat and hand-made foods, including salads, sandwiches, subs, and barbecue, packaged for grab-n-go. They also sell beer, wine, and liquor. Saide calls it a mini-grocery store. There’s a lunch counter-style restaurant in the back, open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Saide is a native of Midland and a Midland High School graduate. She earned a bachelor’s in marketing from Ferris State.

1. How long have you owned your business?

My parents, Sid and Ruth, started this probably in the early 1960s. Now, my brother, Doug, and I have it.

2. What inspired you to own this business?

It’s what we were brought up to do. I had a chance to take a job at Dow, but my dad fell…

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