Why a bed and breakfast? Why Hart? Why a bed and breakfast in Hart? All good questions! Allan and Patrice Martin are planners. When discussing the next phase of their lives, they decided together that owning and operating a B&B would be a perfect, pre-retirement transition plan! They both started working at an early age, so the thought of not working holds little appeal. Owning a B&B combines Allan’s love of business with Patrice’s love of entertaining, and keeps them busy and off the streets.
In her capacity as a consultant, Patrice had the honor of serving the Hart Main Street board, introducing her to the City of Hart for the first time. Al joined her during one of her engagements in Hart, overnighting at the vintage, kitsch Hart Motel. A friendly conversation with the motel’s operator, Tim led Al to the Bates house, now the Hart House Bed and Breakfast. It was love at first sight for both Al and Patrice. The City welcomed the couple with open arms and a labor of love was born.
Allan Martin is a Michigan native, hailing from the east side of the state. He is a proud Central Michigan University graduate, never guessing that his business administration degree would lead him to becoming an Innkeeper! Al has spent the past fifteen years in the affordable housing development field, helping to produce over 400 units of quality, high-demand, multi-family housing. He is respected throughout the industry for his integrity, creativity and his ability to get things done. He is the proud father of three academically gifted children (code for non-athletic, just like dad!) His knowledge of sports is deep and wide, and he will happily converse on this and many other subjects. And, if you love to play cards, Al is your man; he knows games you have probably never heard of. In life his main purpose is to keep his wife happy, and she is happy when the guests are happy. Everyone wins!
Patrice Martin, a Chicago native, relocated to Michigan in the early 1980’s. Her career has spanned community, economic and workforce development. She has a long history with the community theater world, volunteering for numerous and varied nonprofit organizations and generally trying to make the world a better place. She loves and unconditionally supports her two, creative and arts-oriented children (code for nerdy, just like mom!) Her mind is filled with the kind of information that wins trivia games and she is given to starting conversations with the opener, “So, I was listening to NPR the other day…” She loves to feed people, and to create beautiful, restful spaces. Her main purpose in life is to connect with people. She is grateful to her truly amazing husband for choosing to share his life on this audacious journey.