blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
Jeremiah 17: 7 & 8
Hi, and welcome!
My name is Mary Jo, and I’m so happy you found our site!
Seedlings is a boutique store in Holland, Michigan that features clothing, handmade jewelry, mixed media, home decor and lovely handcrafted boxes and tags for those who love making gift giving extra special.
Seedlings found its roots in, well... hot tubs. I grew up in a family where I and my siblings had summer jobs rolling fiberglass, manufacturing Great Lakes Spas, which our dad founded in 1969. My husband joined the team after we were married in 1984, and we started a retail hot tub store in downtown Holland. I, being a gypsy soul, loved selling hot tubs, but also had a creative bone for making jewelry and mixed media, so gradually half of the store turned artsy.
After our dad passed away, and many years later, my one brother manufactures what is now called Passion Spas, and my other brother manufactures Almost Heaven Saunas. My husband and I still represent them both locally, but in 2008 took some hard hits along with everyone else in the leisure industry. Perhaps out of survival mode, we started putting antiques and random pieces outside to try to draw people in from the busy road we’re on. What a game changer! Now people stop every day, and we struggle to explain why we are hot tubs, art, jewelry and “junk outside”. So confusing, yet somehow it works for us.
We now have satellite Seedlings locations in Castle Rock and Parker, Colorado (a story for another time). We travel there every 5 weeks or so to bring new product to my booths in The Emporium in Castle Rock, and The Parker Shoppes in Parker. Sometimes we deliver hot tubs for my brother who has a dealer out there in the Colorado mountains.
So I guess there we have it!
Seedlings and Great Lakes Spa Center.
Two stores, unrelated- works for us!