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or by the weight of all the products he's
brought in over two decades. "It's like a
stage in a play. Seasons change, so do
our sets, so does what we carry."
Pardington's father-in-law, Tom Violante, founded the first Holiday Market in
1954 as a neighborhood butcher shop
and specialty store in Royal Oak, Mich.
Pardington joined the company after
leaving IBM and introduced several
advancements based on items people
his age were looking for, such as fresh
Suppliers soon noticed the transformation and wanted to find other ways
to work with Pardington. Twenty-five
years ago, grocery wholesaler SpartanNash offered to help him open his own
store in a 50,000-square-foot strip mall
space in Canton. Today, Pardington
says it's one of the finest gourmet shops
in all of Michigan.
Walking Holiday Market's aisles offers a true taste of the world, but not
every item makes sense to bring in from
overseas. Many of the company's best
items are made right in the store.
The store has its own smokehouse,
a meat department that stuffs its
own sausages and cuts seafood on a
40-foot-long counter, a coffee counter
that roasts 40 different types of green
bean coffees on site, and a world-class
bakery known for its cakes designed
by several-time award winner Don Buciak. Its alcohol section carries 4,000
different wines and whiskeys sampled
and selected by Pardington and his
daughter, Claire, the company's head
Holiday Market even makes its own
vinegars using vinegar mothers Pardington grows in his own home over several months. "We do stuff like that because I'm passionate about good food,"
Holiday Market is a family business led by owner John Pardington (center), his wife Lisa (left) and their daughter Claire, who <<
is the company's head of marketing. The store aims to provide its Michigan customers with a taste of the world, as well as a
vast selection of gourmet goods made in-house.
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