In 1981 James Mabee and his family opened a store selling only sweatshirts that said "Charlevoix" on them. it turned out to be quite succesful, and so that year Harbor Wear was born.
In 1991 Susan, the oldest child of James, created Bay Wear. She opened a store in Suttons Bay, MI and Frankfort, MI. Just recently in 2009, Susan opened another store in Glen Arbor, MI.
Over thirty years later James has long retred from the clothing business. selling his Harbor Wear stores to his children, grand children, and close family. There are dozens of Habor Wear stores along the coast of Lake Michigan and Florida.