One of downtown St. Joseph’s most important and prolonged-operating empty organization spaces is on the way to currently being loaded with new enterprises.

An upscale women’s boutique with four present suppliers in West Michigan will open in the previous Pumphouse Grille/Vivi’s spot at 214 Condition Avenue.

‘Lee & Birch’ boutiques have been in organization about 15 many years and have destinations in downtown Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Rockford & Kalamazoo.   Learn far more about their merchants at

Lee and Birch owners unveiled their programs in a personalized Fb publish:


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We are SO energized to announce we’re opening a keep in Downtown St Joseph!!!

St Joe has been on my radar for really some time… I unquestionably appreciate how near the downtown is to the beach, it is near to GR and Chicago, and I grew up heading to my grandpas cottage there so I have pretty fond memories of the space.

We just can’t wait around to welcome you into our new Keep this summer months and for us to come to be a component of such an amazing community!”

  Lee & Birch, Grand Haven

According to their internet site, Lee & Birch commenced in 2007 and has been escalating continually due to the fact:

“At Lee & Birch, we believe in supplying a personalized browsing experience to each and every and just about every client that walks into our stores and visits us online.  We want each and every female who outlets with us to leave experience superior and much more confidant than they had been when they walked in.   We do this by continuing to offer high high-quality clothing and add-ons in equally classics that will be a staple in your closet and fashionable styles that strike the most up-to-day developments.     

Started in 2007, Lee & Birch now has 4 locations in West Michigan and we carry on to vacation the country to bring you the greatest outfits and extras.   We just take pride in sensation each solitary piece before ordering it for our stores and you will feel for by yourself when you visit us.”

It seems Lee & Birch will occupy about half the space in the  Pumphouse setting up and welcome yet another retail outlet to the place next doorway.  They teased an future announcement of that new retailer in just one of their social media posts, but no title was presented.  It is unclear irrespective of whether Lee & Birch has purchased or leased the creating, owned for a long time by actual estate trader John Bertuca.  However, it appears they will command the overall building, dependent on their discussion of a seasonal rental upstairs:

“We will have a 2 bedroom 1 tub holiday vacation rental with entire availability for the summertime prepared by the finish of May possibly. It is appropriate in the coronary heart of downtown, strolling length to Silver Seashore and will be just as lovable as you count on from an L&B”.

The previous Pumphouse Grille and H.I.’s Saloon place has been a major component in downtown St. Joseph’s cafe and bar scene for 50+ yrs.  On the other hand, the area sat vacant since before the COVID shutdown a few many years in the past.  It had been occupied for a couple of yrs by an Italian eatery termed ‘Vivi’s’ until finally late 2019.

The two structures ended up tied collectively in the 90’s in a main reconstruction and growth of the hugely thriving H.I.’s Saloon.  Having said that, it closed a few decades later amid the owner’s own legal difficulties.  It then  was renamed “Pumphouse” by Tom Jennings (Czars505), harkening back to a bar that had been there in the 60s and 70s and again operated productively for many yrs. It then turned “Food District” and “Vivi’s”under Jim Kramer, existing proprietor of Schu’s Grille and Bar. and Tim’s Too.

A different ownership group planned to open a new restaurant in the place in early 2020.  They put up indications and launched a internet site, but in no way opened amid the COVID shutdown.  The place has been idle at any time because.

Now, it will be reborn as home to two retail outlets,led by Lee & Birch, likely as early as June, 2023.