In early July 2010, Holland’s “premier” nightclub S Nightclub and Sol Lounge closed down (by the way the mlive article gives a much better picture than the Holland Sentinel article). Bummer right? So reading the articles about the closure I started noticing some interesting aspects, which I want to explore more, so here comes the shovel because I am about to dig. Ready?
S Nighclub & Sol Lounge opened in October 2008 was created and owned by Brett Flipse, left, and Brett Flipse Jr. (lovely image available courtesy of the Holland Sentinel). Brett Flipse is also the former owner of the Ottawa Beach General Store. He owned the general store for 12 years until the bank foreclosed upon the property in 2009. I am going to go out on a limb and venture to say that perhaps the reason the Flipse lost the General Store (read about the controversy here & here & here) was because of his $2.4 million investment into the S Nightclub. What a horrible position to be in leveraging one business to fund a new business and then being left with neither a mere two years later is quite a shame. I won’t go into speculation on the validity of having a nightclub in Holland, especially in a less than ideal location of Lakewood Avenue (along Lake Macatawa or downtown might have helped out the business more) but I do wonder about the due diligence of this project.
Anyways Flipse gave up ownership of the nightclub back in late 2009 because of financial difficulties, and ended up giving the nightclub to the owner of the building who is Scott Bosgraaf. According to the former general manager of the nightclub “Scott never wanted to operate the nightclub. He wanted to be a landlord. Instead of closing down, he wanted to continue operating to make sure the liquor license would stay, all the operational audio-visual equipment would stay …now he can sell it as a nightclub.” According to the Mlive article, they seem pretty confident that someone will buy the nightclub and keep it running. Bosgraaf’s approach makes sense, pool everything together and sell it as a package, and by getting out of the day to day management of the club, he is sticking with what he know and what he does well. Researching more into Scott Bosgraaf, it seems like he does a lot of things well.
Scott Bosgraaf has the following “projects” and business under his control:
- Scrap Yard Lofts – Holland
- Baker Street Lofts – Holland
- Woodword Station – Owasso
- Kirsch Lofts – Sturgis
- Central Lofts – South Haven
- Auto Sports Unlimited – Holland
- Theodore’s Restaurant – Holland (new restaurant in Baker Street Lofts in former Till Midnight location, Articles here & here & here, facebook)
- Various commercial buildings such as the S nightclub building
- Bosgraaf Commercial
- Franklin Foodservice Equipment Supply – Finally according to the Holland Sentinel article on Theodore’s he also owns a “companies that recycle in one way or another auto parts, kitchen supplies and buildings”. I think the auto parts is Auto Sports Unlimited, and the building recycling is Bosgraaf Commercial, Frankin Foodservice Equipment Supply must be the kitchen supply business.
Impressive no? Well Scott is only one of 4 siblings who were born to Ted & Pat Bosgraaf, and if you start pulling back the peel on the Bosgraaf name, you will find a whole family of business owners. Luckily a lot of light is shed upon this subject by visiting the Bosgraaf Homes website, where Amy (Bosgraaf) Alderink wrote up a family history which goes a little something like this. It all started with Ted and Jack Bosgraaf, who were brothers. Ted was married to Pat, and they had four children – Mike, Brian, Scott, and Amy. Ted and Jack were originally sod farmers who got their way into creating communities, such as Shady Pines in Allegan County, by converting their existing sod farms. They built upon their experience to create Summergreen in Hudsonville, Spring Lane development in Holland, and in Grand Haven they created Sandpiper and redeveloped the Story and Clark Piano Factory, all under the Bosgraaf Sales and Leasing. Eventually the brothers split and Ted started Bosgraaf Homes with his son Brian. Soon the whole family was working in some capacity in Bosgraaf Homes. Right now Bosgraaf homes is owned by Amy and Mike who bought out their father Ted for the business. Alright so now we have some more Bosgraaf names we need to sort out.
Amy (Bosgraaf) Alderink has her hands in the following:
- Co-owner of Bosgraaf Homes (blog, facebook, twitter, & youtube)
- Is executive director of Homecor of Holland – a non-profit which buys foreclosed or abandoned homes in the central city area of Holland, fixes them up and sells them to low income families. They also help current home owners with repairs and purchasing of homes. More info – here & here & here & blog
- Involved with Social Sprouts a marketing company as well.
- Also is a writer for Urban Street Magazine
Then there is Mike Bosgraaf who along with Amy is a co-owner of Bosgraaf Homes. Mike is
married now divorced to Veronica, who is the entrepreneur behind Pure Bars (blog, twitter, facebook) company by creating vegan health bars for her vegetarian daughter. More stories about her venture here & here.
Lastly, that leaves us with Brian Bosgraaf who owns Cottage Home (facebook & twitter), a custom home builder focused on building million dollar homes on Lake Michigan (feel free to drool over here), and additionally he also owns DwellTech (facebook & twitter), which is an home & commercial energy auditing company based in Holland. He also worked for ICCF in the past as well.
Yes the Bosgraaf family has many layers as you can see here, maybe one of these days I will tackle the other famous Lakeshore families such as the DeVos or the Princes. But you guys have probably have heard enough about them.
So are you guys going to miss S Nightclub? Anyone ever been – thoughts? Any more Bosgraaf businesses that I missed?