Puzzles that Rock, LLC. was created in April of 2009 by Matt and Lisa Claflin. Matt and Lisa have a small specialty food store where they supply fresh meats, deli, pizza and sandwiches to the locals and summer vacationers in Charlevoix, Michigan. Lisa was born and raised in Northern Michigan and has been a rock lover her whole life. Matt grew up in New Hampshire and learned his love of
rocks when he saw his first Petoskey stone. Matt, Lisa, and their boys, (Jacob and Nathan) have collected hundreds of these stones and love to spend time looking for and polishing them. Matt and Lisa are avid puzzlers and decided that they would create the Petoskey stone puzzle one very slow winter day. As far as they know, it is the first of its kind available for retail sale.
Jacob and Nathan
We hope you enjoy this puzzle as much as we enjoyed creating it! It is challenging and almost as fun as trying to find the stones. Once complete the puzzle becomes a beautiful print and showcases the Petoskey stone in its many different forms. Matt and Lisa framed the first print of the first edition and they have it hung with pride on display inside their market.
In the Press
TV 7&4 - Upnorthlive.com
Petokey Stone Close-up
Puzzling Petoskey Stones
IRONTON -- Summers for Matt and Lisa Claflin are usually pretty busy at their store, Sonny's Ironton Market, along M-66 in Charlevoix County.
You can find fresh meat, pizza, deli items, liquor and puzzles????
Traverse City Record Eagle
Northern People: This puzzle rocks
IRONTON -- If it has to do with the Petoskey stone, northern Michigan has marketed it, right? Wrong, a Charlevoix area couple recently discovered.
"We were trying to purchase a Petoskey stone jigsaw puzzle online and we couldn't find one," said Matt Claflin, a rock hunter, puzzler and owner and operator of the Ironton Market with his wife, Lisa.
Puzzling over Petoskey stones
It all started when Matt and Lisa Claflin were enjoying a cozy night at home with their sons, Jacob, 5 and Nathan, 3.
Matt was working on a jigsaw puzzle and Lisa and the boys were poring over the family’s collection of Petoskey stones.
“A Petoskey stone jigsaw puzzle would be cool,” Lisa said. It was an observation that has quickly developed into an enterprise.