Meet HHB Owner, Kim Schueller

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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!

Welcome to 2018 Holly House Boutique!

We are unbelievably thrilled that the Holly House 2018 grand opening is only TWO weeks away. On November 1, we will be ready to greet you for the holiday season with hundreds of unique gifts (for others or yourself!) that you won’t find anywhere else.

Just like Santa’s elves, we work behind the scenes all year to make sure the boutique features the best that our Minnesota Maker creative community has to offer. Over the past few years, we have grown every single holiday season thanks to our amazing customers. This year, we are excited to announce we have 63 Minnesota Makers—gifted artisans, craftsmen and bakers—in a huge 7,000 square foot space in Burnsville Center. This means that you will have even more options than ever to cross off every name on your gift list in one stop.

Over the next two weeks, we will be introducing you to 2018’s Minnesota Makers, the products you can purchase at the Boutique this season, and a calendar for special events over the Holly House season. Until then—keep checking your mailbox for our signature mailer, and mark your calendars for November 1 for our seasonal grand opening!

We can’t wait to see you soon and introduce you to the 2018 Holly House Boutique.

Kim Schueller, Owner

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