Driving north on a road with a fitting name — North Avenue — away from the hustle and bustle of Hall Road, the traffic starts to clear. If you drive long enough, you end up in a beautiful historical town and pass large wooden homes painted in different colors, lining the street on each side, until you hit the one flashing light in town.
Some would ask, is this a one-horse town? Armada is far from it, but it does have a new business on the northeast corner of the main intersection called KnA Farms that caters to people who love their horses and animals. With my love for catchy business names, I said out loud, “Kick n A** Farms.” Much to my chagrin, it turned out to be the initials of the two owners’ names.
I pushed the door open like John Wayne walking into an 1800’s saloon except I was wearing Johnston and Murphy dress shoes, a shiny black dress belt, slacks and a button-up shirt. That might not have been the right attire for the feeling I had at that moment, but I was happily greeted by a wonderful young entrepreneur named Autumn. She grew up showing horses since she was 6 years old, and after high school she met her boyfriend who shared similar interests. Together, they started selling saddling pads and custom horse boots and expanded from there.
They founded their corner store in Armada in March 2017. Before that, they were selling products online for about three years. Catering to local animal lovers, they offer high-end saddles and tack. They sell Double J Saddlery and are the only dealer in Michigan. People stop in from all over the region and outside of Michigan to feel and try their products. They have sold merchandise to online customers as far away as Spain, New Zealand, Canada and Germany as well as all over the U.S.
They specialize in taking plain-looking products, like white horse boots, and adding all types of colors to them so customers end up with a one-of-a-kind product that showcases their personality or their horse’s personality.
They carry Victor dog food — a product you normally see in smaller retail stores — which is free from all unwanted corn, wheat, soy and gluten with 81 percent meat- and plant-based protein. They also carry Tribute horse feed, which Autumn advised is selective about its distributors. KnA Farms strives to carry brands made in the U.S. and proudly displays those items throughout the store. One such brand is Bickmore, which sells conditioner, cleaners and other products that have been made in the U.S. since 1882.
There is something neat to look at in every corner of this business, from boots and hats to saddles. If you want to see one of the coolest animal-loving stores in a beautiful historical town this side of Waco, Texas, then you need to make it a point to visit KnA Farms at 23009 E Main St, Armada, MI 48005.