HOLLAND — Tulip Time is fast approaching, and visitors from across the state and country are booking hotel rooms, buying tickets in advance, and gearing up for a colorful vacation celebrating Dutch culture.
After:Dutch Village Downtown brings wooden shoes and Delft earthenware to Eighth Street
After:Holland Clock Co. reopens on Eighth Street
After:Kids flock as toys, toy store opens in downtown Holland
While almost every retailer and restaurant finds itself overwhelmed during Tulip Time, we’ve compiled a list of five must-visit specialty shops during the festival, for those looking to explore Holland’s historic city center.
Downtown Dutch Village
Shoppers on Eighth Street have long been able to purchase clothing, food, postcards and boutique supplies; but one of the newest openings in downtown Holland brings authentic Dutch produce closer to visitors.
Dutch Village Downtown, an extension of Nelis’ Dutch Village on James Street in Holland Township, opened in November 2021. The six-decade-old theme park and shopping center has been seeking space on Eight Street for several years.
The shop offers Delft earthenware, wooden shoes, slippers, clothes, toys, chocolate letters, wooden bowls and food, including Dutch cheeses and ready-to-go sandwiches, salads and wraps.
Holland Clock Co.
There are few stores in downtown Holland as stocked with European works as Holland Clock Co.
The company, started by Dan Winebrenner in 2005 as Winebrenner Clock Service, LLC, offers authentic German imports and Dutch souvenirs, including a wide range of cuckoo clocks, beer mugs and nutcrackers.
The Peanut Shop
Tulip Time may celebrate historic Dutch culture – but Holland, Michigan has a story all its own. Few know this better than fourth and fifth generation Holland Peanut Store owners.
The store celebrated 115 years in business in 2017. Organized like the beloved confectioneries of old, visitors can purchase gourmet chocolates, dozens of candies, and freshly roasted nuts inside.
The seasoned house
A downtown staple for over 15 years, The Seasoned Home is an established gourmet deli stocked with spices, teas and kitchen gadgets. With the help of the staff, customers can choose enough spices for a brand new spice rack, as well as wooden chopping boards from Cento Anni.
Not brave enough to mix your own spices? The Seasoned Home offers a variety of dip, sauce and soup mixes with ready-to-use instructions. Visitors walking through the store will also find whimsical GurglePots and wacky wall clocks.
out of the box
New to downtown Holland, Out of the Box is a jam-packed toy and game store. The store at 48 E. Eighth St. is the company’s third in West Michigan, but places more emphasis on children’s toys than its counterparts.
Out of the Box has everything from board games and fidget toys to costumes and wooden blocks.
The Tulip Time Festival runs Saturday through Sunday from May 7 through May 15. Learn more at tuliptime.com.
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