Tribune photo/Becky Vargo Vintage Green owner Joyce Workman takes a break at the counter of her Grand Haven store.

Women moving forward

By Becky Vargo

Joyce Workman says she’s always loved the color green. She can’t remember ever loving another color.

“It’s my color,” she explains. “I’m nearly always wearing it, collecting it.”

Workman also loves antiques — knowing that each piece has its own story, that it was loved by someone and once treasured.

Combining those two loves almost three years ago gave birth to Vintage Green, an affordable antiques store at 7 N. Seventh St. in Grand Haven.

The former director of Advancement for Christian Schools said opening the store crossed an item off her bucket list.

Now the 53-year-old local resident is starting to see her task bear some fruit.

Workman said when she decided to open a store, she asked a lot of people in the business a lot of questions. Then the building became available, and with some help and some scrimping, she opened the doors.

She found out some things the hard way.

“You don’t know what you don’t know,” she shrugged.

“I want to find treasures that everyday people can purchase, use and love,” Workman says on her website, “I want to have my finds be at a price point that people can purchase without busting their bank account. I’m also interested in making my finds affordable for young families. I want the pieces that I find and love, to be loved by a family.

“I think my education has been very helpful,” Workman said. She has undergraduate degrees in public relations and advertising and a masters degree in management.

She also appreciates the support of business owners around her – many of them women.

“I’m super blessed by my Centertown neighbors,” she said.

Workman is one of more than a dozen women who own businesses in Grand Haven’s downtown/center town area.

They include:

Lisa Passinault, Morning Star Café – A vibrant, family run business, located in Centertown, on Washington. Serving fresh breakfast and lunch with home made/home baked tastes.

Chris Weavers, JW’s Food & Spirits and J-Dub’s Market & Wine Shop – JW’s has been in the Tri-Cities area for more than 20 years. It’s a casual restaurant known for its award-winning white chicken chili. JW’s also took Best Appetizers, Happy Hour, Family Dining, Soup/Chili and Salad in the 2016 People’s Choice Awards. J-Dub’s, Weavers’ latest venture, is right next door on Washington. It’s a quaint shop featuring wines, craft beers, high-end cheese and other unique grocery items.

Jennifer Kure, Overtime Sports – This shop offers new and used sporting equipment, and also allows you to sell items on consignment. They now have four locations.

Jan Williams, Grant-Williams Mediation – Williams has always been passionate about healthy relationships. The focus of her practice is to assist clients in improving their relationships. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the human resources field.

Dr Cathy Boufford, Engaged Wellness Collective –A collaborative care for body, mind and spirit. Offering Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (ATMAT) and therapeutic / medical massage. Cathy also owns House Call Chiropractic and New Beginnings Chiropractic, offering personalized care in the comfort of your home. Their mantra is no traffic, no waiting room, no distractions.

Sandy Sawyer, Sir Wellington – Sir Wellington’s Tea Co. is a unique tea shop featuring a variety of loose and bagged teas and accessories; also serves fresh cups of hot or iced tea.

Lisa Forrest, The Willow Wood Health and Home – A small town shop that specializes in vintage, garden and healing home décor.

Erin Lyon, Jumpin’ Java – Lion is the new owner of this 19-year-old, locally owned and operated business, which features coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, soups and more.

Julie Sanford, Studio JSD – A full service design gallery and studio offering classes and workshops in jewelry fabrication. Sanford has been creating quality bench made jewelry for more than 25 years. Besides making beautiful jewelry, she is also the director of Studio JSD and serves as vice president of the Michigan Silver Guild.

Megan Needham, Aberdeen’s Clothing for Children – Since 1999, Aberdeen’s has been offering a large selection of name brand quality and specialty children’s clothing and accessories for babies and children. Aberdeen’s also offers a new baby gift registry for all your needs.

Cathy Race, That Hat – Carrying hats with style and functionality. That Hat has all you need for those fun events such as the Kentucky Derby as well as everyday hats for men and women. Cathy has been in business since 1985.

The Tribune would like to congratulate all women of business in the Tri-Cities area. We live and work in a unique and wonderfully giving community. One example is Sholeh Veiseh, owner of Down to Earth. She annually hosts a Fashion fundraiser helping local causes. This year, her special benefit is Save the Catwalk — all proceeds will go to support the fundraising efforts to Save the Catwalk. Everyone is welcome at the event, which takes place Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Porto Bello Banquet Hall. Tickets can be purchased at Down to Earth, 105 Washington Ave., or call 616-846-7781.