Kim and Jeff Schueller welcome you to The Holly House Boutique!
I wanted to tell you a little bit more about how my passion, the Holly House Boutique—and why I think it’s so important to support local Minnesota Makers and their small businesses.
I was a maker for 16 years. I had my own line of hand painted pottery, and I traveled around Minnesota and Chicago doing art fairs, craft shows and various boutiques. One of the boutiques where I sold my pottery was the Holly House Boutique.
I was a participant at the boutique for about five or six years. The original owner approached me and told me she was thinking of selling the boutique, and would I be interested in purchasing it. I flat out said “no thank you!” But, despite that reaction, we decided to meet in February and talk about it, discuss it and go over some facts and numbers. It was very apparent to me that art fairs were becoming more difficult, not as profitable, and oversaturated. I knew we needed a different path for Makers to show their art and find customers.
After thinking about it, discussing it more, I decided to make the leap and purchased the boutique. I had a lot of contacts in the art fair community and came out it from the perspective of being a maker it was a natural transition for me. I purchased the boutique five years ago, and it was the best decision!
The original boutique started in a home, moved to model homes and golf courses and other places around the South Metro. It was my goal when I took it over to take it to the next level and really make it into a business. The original boutique was three weeks long—now, The Holly House has grown substantially into an eight week season, and for the first time we are in the in a mall setting. In addition, we are now in our fourth year at the Minnesota State fair. We are able to see more customers now than ever before—this year has already been so successful, and we are looking forward to the next few weeks!
My favorite part of my job is marketing, meeting all of the makers, finding new makers, and meeting customers. I love seeing people walk out of the boutique with unique finds for themselves and their loved ones. My number one goal is to always keep the boutique fresh and new and relevant!
In my spare time I like to be outside at the lake, work out, and spend time with my husband Jeff and my two kids, Alex and Jake. I am very fortunate to be able to do this for my job and love every single day! Thank you for supporting us, and come up and introduce yourself when you see me in the store!