Grand Haven Tribune: Shovels launch Epicurean Village



Developer/entrepreneur Kim Van Kampen, Village of Spring Lake workers and council members, and lots of others gathered on the website simply west of the Village Corridor to welcome a brand new enterprise for Spring Lake.

The three buildings that when occupied the house have been razed final month.

Van Kampen, a Florida resident who has summered at her household cottage on Spring Lake for many years, mentioned the Epicurean Village will embody a steak home, boutique, cafe/bakery and condos.

“We’ll be popping out quickly with a steak home announcement,” she mentioned Thursday. “It’s a prohibition-style steak home. It’s an area man, an area chef with native sponsors. We’re finalizing all our contracts now. He has an incredible product and nice imaginative and prescient for that house.”

The Sparrow Boutique, with a present location in Norton Shores, may also be housed on the Epicurean Village.

A bakery-style cafe can also be a part of the plan.

“It’s trying prefer it’s going to be a bakery/cafe with salads and quiches,” Van Kampen mentioned.

Her unique imaginative and prescient additionally features a high-end kitchen retailer.

“That I’m nonetheless searching for,” she mentioned. “I’ve different concepts for that house. I would like to usher in both a high-end kitchen retailer or small market with specialty objects that will service the folks residing upstairs and folks in the neighborhood.”

Van Kampen mentioned she expects a smooth opening for the Epicurean Village at the moment subsequent yr, with a grand opening scheduled for August 2020.

“Everyone we’re getting as tenants are native folks,” she mentioned. “We’re not bringing in any huge company corporations. We’re not bringing in something you’d discover in a strip mall. It’s native folks, those that this group already know, and I actually like that. I like working with them. They know Spring Lake. They know what’s going to work and what gained’t.”

Whereas the Epicurean Village is the hallmark piece, it’s not the one native undertaking on Van Kampen’s plate. She bought the previous Lilly home, a Victorian house on Savidge Road, and plans to maneuver it to the northwest nook of Change and Division streets. She just lately bought property there and razed two present houses to make method for the Victorian, which is able to turn into a mattress and breakfast and artwork gallery operated by long-time buddies of Van Kampen’s from Florida.

“They’ve good connections with artists,” she mentioned. “I believe there will likely be a whole lot of fascinating alternatives for the humanities down on that finish of the road.”

The home transfer is ready on permits from the Michigan Division of Transportation.

VanKampen additionally bought the previous Citgo fuel station constructing at 411 W. Savidge St. That would be the new house to Brooklyn Bagels, scheduled to open in October.

The previous Bilz Swimming pools & Spas constructing, 304 W. Savidge St., will likely be reopened as an antiques, reward and consignment retailer throughout the subsequent yr.

“I’m working with one of many huge names from Ada who needs to return to Spring Lake and sees an incredible alternative right here,” Van Kampen mentioned. “I’m truly going to be concerned in that one, with my accomplice, Claudia Bryant, to create one thing actually uncommon round this a part of the state.”

It’s clear this undertaking is close to and pricey to Van Kampen’s coronary heart. The shop will likely be referred to as Windermere Home.

“We sat down and did an train on how you can identify a constructing and a enterprise,” she mentioned. “It has to have at the very least three hyperlinks to one thing private. ‘Windermere’ means ‘winding lake’ in Anglo-Saxon. That appeared to suit. It’s additionally the city my mom lives in in Florida. It’s additionally the identify of Ernest Hemingway’s first cottage in Michigan.”

Van Kampen plans in depth transforming and an addition to the Bilz construction.

“We’ll add on a bit and do a tremendous rework,” she mentioned. “You gained’t acknowledge it. It is going to have sort of an English nation design to the constructing. This space is understood for antiques.”

Van Kampen mentioned her love for, and historical past with Spring Lake, made her multi-million-dollar funding in the neighborhood an incredible match.

“Since I used to be a bit lady, going to Spring Lake was magical,” she mentioned. “For the final 10 years, I’ve pushed via the downtown and mentioned, ‘How might it simply keep like this, yr after yr, decade after decade?’ A few of these empty buildings have been a threat to the group.

“I’ve had a number of folks, I believe bitter grapes, say, ‘Spring Lake is only a pass-through city,’” she added. “I say, ‘Oh, 7.5 million passes? We’ll take them. I’ll take each one in every of them. “

Dustin Hemmes, undertaking supervisor for GDK Building, mentioned the precise building will start quickly.

“We’re executed taking place,” Hemmes mentioned of the latest excavation. “Now, we’re going up.”