Holland – How has the business landscape in central Holland changed over the past 12 months? The news is mostly positive.
Each year, The Sentinel analyzes closings, transfers, name changes, and openings at ground-floor restaurants and retailers between Pine Avenue and Columbia Avenue; Seventh Street and Ninth Street.
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Between July 2021 and July 2022, The Sentinel recorded five announced closings, compared to 12 announced openings and reopenings. Closes have included Kitchen Zero, Making Waves, Thread on Eighth, Teerman’s, Mayberry and Co. Almost all retailers.
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The openings featured nine retailers, specifically:
Garsnett Beacon Candle Co. A retail store featuring specialty candles and your own wax strip, expected to open in August. The storefront was at 210 S. River Ave. Formerly home to Mayberry & Co. – which closed in May after three years in business.
Flower house in Holland. Flower and gift shop that opened November 2021 at 25 W. Ninth St.
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peach poppy And the Laurel and Jack. Apparel and accessories stores that opened in October and November 2021 respectively on 17 and 21 AH. Eighth Street after the ownership of the buildings decided to remodel them. Storefronts were once home to Karla’s Place, Eighth Street Salon and Holland Clock Co.
Family Center. Christian book and gift store operated by Focus on the Family that opened September 2021. The space was at 215 Central Ave. Temporarily home to Holland Clock Co after it was removed in February 2020. Prior to that, West Michigan Bike and Fitness held until the company’s exit from central Holland in March 2019.
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Dutch village downtown. Fun-loving retail store owned by Nelis’ Dutch Village, an amusement park on the north side of the Netherlands. The shop is located at 20 E. Eighth St. It was previously home to Teerman’s Home Appliances division, and opened in November 2021.
sea bags. Eclectic shop with bags made of boat sails. The store opened in part of the former Teerman’s in April.
I love MI. A souvenir and clothing store located in part of the former Teerman’s, opened in April.
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Estella Rose Fashion. Boutique with options for infants, children, teens and women. The store is expected to open in Crest 54 previously, at 54 AH, 8th Street, next spring.
Central Holland has also seen many restaurants open and reopen, including:
Bowerman’s at eight. The farm-to-table restaurant and cafe opened in January. The combined storefront at 2 E. Eighth St. Previously home to SandCastle for Kids – a toy store that closed in November 2020 after nearly four decades in the Netherlands community – and part of the former Alpenrose restaurant, which closed in December 2020.
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OI Asian Bistro. With the same owners as Mizu Sushi, a restaurant focused on Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. The business opened in November 2021 at 68 W. Eighth St.
Big E’s Sports Grill. Bar & Grill attached to the Netherlands Courtyard by Marriott which closed indefinitely in February 2021 and reopened in March at 121 E. Eighth St.
Four restaurants or retail vacancies on the ground floor remain undisclosed, including the former Making Waves, which closed in early 2022, and the former Kitchen Zero, which closed less than a year later in April. The building with 8 threads will be added to the list soon.
Two vacancies were made available throughout the year, including part of the former Alpenrose Restaurant on Central Avenue and the former Superior Sport Store on River Avenue.
But with a total of 108 storefronts, that means the area surveyed has a ground floor vacancy rate of less than 5 percent.
“It’s really amazing,” said Linda Hart, executive director of the Netherlands District Visitors Bureau. “I don’t know it’s been this low before. I think people were just surprised by the amount of retail and store shopping we have here – which makes us a year-round shopping destination.”
Downtown storefronts continue to fill up quickly, with less than a year between the official closing of Teerman’s and the opening of Sea Bags, Love MI and Dutch Village Downtown, all of which filled the vacancy. Mayberry and Co. have been talked about. previous in two months.
“I think what we’ve done by adding a variety of those different types of retailers, is adding different price points to downtown,” Hart said. “I think that definitely helped our performances.
“In particular, I think bringing Dutch Village Downtown to Eighth was the smartest thing anyone could ever do. It gives people here a chance to buy something uniquely Dutch. The candle shop would be great too. Back when it was candle- ology in Moynihan, it’s People really missed it. It would be nice to have a candle shop downtown.”
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As usual, the central area of Eighth Avenue between Central Avenue and College Avenue has seen the most business changes, with eight openings, one move, and one job vacancy. This section followed River Street between Seventh Street and Ninth Street, which saw one opening, a planned Blackbird retirement, and two vacancies.
Meanwhile, the newest downtown development building, between Pine Street and River Avenue, is seeing more traffic, Hart said.
“People realize it’s a great restaurant building,” she said. “It’s good for people to head in that direction and explore. I don’t know if there is any other beach town that has the kind of offerings at downtown merchants like we do. Holland doesn’t close at the end of the season.”
– Contact reporter Cassandra Librink at [email protected] Follow her on Instagram @BizHolland.