Elegance of the Seasons closing next month

Marie Havenga • Jan 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM

A downtown Grand Haven lunch spot and bakery is closing after more than 13 years in business.

Elegance of the Seasons, 216 Washington Ave., will shut its doors next month, according to mother-daughter owners Julie Gomez and Michelle TenBrink.

“It's bittersweet,” Gomez said.

Gomez said she and her daughter are simply tired. 

“We're on our feet 12 hours a day, six days a week,” she said. “... It's not that we don't love what we're doing, our business and our customers. Our customers have become our family and our friends. That's the hard part. It's just time. We need to move on and enjoy our life. Life is short.”

Gomez and her husband, Michael, plan to spend more time with her five grandchildren. Michael retired last April.

TenBrink and her husband, Joe, will travel. She also plans to launch an online food and travel journal.

“We will do mostly European and U.S. travel,” TenBrink said. “That's our next adventure.”

She says she already has a title for her cookbook: “Sweetness of Elegance.”

Gomez has been in charge of the sweet treats and baking over the course of their restaurant career; TenBrink handles the savory luncheon items such as soups, sandwiches and salads.

“It worked well for both of us,” Gomez said. “We meshed really well. We both say we couldn't do this with anyone else. We have our moments like any mother and daughter would, but we're over it in a second. It's been wonderful. We're very close. It's been such a good journey with the two of us.”

Gomez said they don't have an exact closing date, as it will depend on when their supplies run out. But she anticipates it be by the end of February.

“We're very unique in what we do,” Gomez said. “We found our niche here and we just want to thank the people for supporting us and helping us grow and do what we love for this many years.”

TenBrink said she's ready to close this chapter of her life and begin anew.

“I'm excited, I'm ready,” she said. 

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