The soul of Mexico in downtown GH

Debbie Otte is an artist at heart, and that's why she decided to open a shop that specializes in indoor and outdoor home décor.
Marie Havenga
May 30, 2013

Otte, the sister of local restaurateur Steve Loftis, opened Tlaquepaque (pronounced Ta-la-key-pa-key) at 111 Washington Ave. in downtown Grand Haven earlier this month.

The home décor and garden art shop specializes in pottery, sculptures, metal wall hangings and sun catchers.

"I offer something different and there's no conflict with anything else in town," Otte said.

Every February, Otte takes a trip to Mexico with her sister, Chris Harjer, a Grand Haven artist. The siblings pick out products to display in the store.

“She's got one artistic eye and I've got the other, so we're a good pair,” Otte said. “I've established relationships with people down there. The main store is in Guadalajara, but we travel to other cities in Mexico, also.”

Otte ran a similar store in Otsego for about three years. She still lives in the small town north of Kalamazoo and commutes to her Grand Haven shop.

Tlaquepaque means “the soul of Mexico,” but Otte said she would like to expand beyond offering Mexican ware with a more international flair.

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