HOLLAND – A store with established locations in Grand Haven and Ada will expand to the Netherlands in October.
Laurel & Jack, a clothing store, is owned and operated by Laurel Ruge and Jaclyn Yared. Both women are from Grand Rapids. Yared has a decade of business management experience, while Ruge is a recent college graduate.
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The duo decided to collaborate and use their entrepreneurial skills, creative visions and passion for design to create a boutique for women. What started online quickly turned into a brick and mortar showcase in Ada.
The business expanded to Grand Haven in May – and, now, to the Netherlands.
“I chose Holland because Holland is what Ada (and Grand Haven) want to be,” Yared wrote in an email to The Sentinel.
The store, which aims to offer great designs at an affordable price, will offer men’s clothing in the Holland store.
“I do all the shopping and we have European brands and trends that you won’t find,” Yared wrote. “You don’t have to worry about someone wearing the same outfit.”
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The store, which is slated to open on Friday, October 8, will occupy the storefront at 17 E. Eighth St. Buildings at 17 and 21 E. Eighth St. have been undergoing redevelopment since early 2020.
With Karla’s Place, Eighth Street Salon and Holland Clock Co. on the ground floor, the development will also be Welcome to Holland’s The Poppy Peach In the coming months.
The recently renovated buildings feature terraces facing the street – a rarity in the city center. The construction process involved demolishing part of the rear of the buildings and removing the roof structure.