Friday, 27 April 2018 15:29

Shades of Spring: Sustainability and American-made collections give Reservoir Boutique impeccable taste

Written by  Missy Black
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Antler & Woods fern crewneck. Antler & Woods fern crewneck. Courtesy Photo

“The name Reservoir itself means ‘a collection of.’ We’re a curated lifestyle boutique featuring things I’ve fallen in love with,” said owner and curator Erin Murphy Doan. The sustainability focus, coupled with a ton of U.S.-made products, means your purchase of home décor or apparel is environmentally friendly and brings a more stable future to our country’s economy. But dang if the stuff isn’t fresh and modern too.

Take the Grand Haven-based Tenden brand, for example. From button-down shirts to accessories including keychains, belts and hats, the canvas and leather goods shop is strong on quality craftsmanship — what Reservoir wants to be known for. Meanwhile, the Antler & Woods fern crewneck ($58) is an American-made gem that’s cozy with a “youthful print, great for spring as we’re all ready for greenery to be in our lives.” More favorites include the eye-catching woodblock print skull-and-moth tee from Fledgling Press ($25) and the limited-edition, Cotopaxi Teca Jacket that’s light, packable and sustainably made with repurposed materials ($80).

This spring, Reservoir will also have Hawaiian-made men’s board shorts, along with spring plaid for both men and women, which you can mix with the season’s hottest florals. Visit the store in-person at 1144 Wealthy St., Grand Rapids or hop online at


A favorite for menswear, DENYM has your Freyrs sunglasses fix. This brand lets you leave with your wallet intact, as $50 to $60 “still gets you good quality, but you’re not spending the premium price. But you’re not getting cheap, $10 glasses either,” said owner Katie Harney. The shop carries classic and traditional styles with plenty of black or tortoise-shell looks. Besides sunnies, the store is getting ready for spring with a move to its new Cherry Street location. “It’s a good mix of retail and restaurants and it’s a great walking community. You can park once and hit a bunch of stores while grabbing lunch or dinner,” Harney said. DENYM will be sharing building space with newcomer boutique Marie La Mode.

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