What started as a desire to do something different with a warehouse and receiving space ended with My Secret Garden opening a new retail location downtown.
The store is the exclusive provider of several Downtown Bay City brands, including Rumpl blankets.The outdoor lifestyle store opened in early June, according to Tyler King, co-owner of Saginaw Bay Trading Company.
King, mother Terri King, who owns My Secret Garden, said her family had a warehouse on Adams Street and had been thinking about opening the space next to it as an Airbnb.
“While looking at it, I noticed that the Sherwin Williams building next to My Secret Garden was for sale, so I decided to pursue it instead.”
While purchasing an old Sherwin Williams building, they realized they had much more space than they needed for storage and receiving, so Tyler, his wife, Nicole, and his mom decided to fill the space. We worked together to come up with retail options.
“We decided to implement the concept of creating an outdoor store that is accessible to everyone, not just for hardcore outdoor enthusiasts,” he says. “He may love hiking, but he’s not going to spend four months on the Appalachian Trail. That’s the differentiation we were looking for.”
We have clothing and water shoes that you can casually enjoy the outdoors.They founded the Saginaw Bay Trading Company. Perfect for the King Family lifestyle. Tyler and Nicole He is the parent of two young children and spends a lot of time outdoors.
The store was born when My Secret Garden moved their warehouse to a larger building, but realized they had too much space.“There are a lot of brands that we personally love that we haven’t seen in Bay City yet,” he says. He’s looking for ways to bring those brands into his stores. For example, “He’s the only dealer within 150 miles that carries Rumpl blankets,” and he’s the only retailer in this part of Michigan that carries Unsalted Coast apparel.
The family that owns Saginaw Bay Trading Co. also owns and operates My Secret Garden.In addition to apparel and blankets, Saginaw Bay Trading Company carries gourmet food, swimwear, water shoes, outdoor-themed décor and limited supplies.
“So far, it’s been very well received,” says Tyler.
Tyler says he’s remodeled buildings and renovated My Secret Garden, along with creating new retail spaces.
“We painted and added new windows and awnings. What we wanted to do was create a cohesive look. We restored it to complement the style of the new building.”
My Secret Garden may look different from the outside, but once inside you’ll find the garden decorations, apparel, and other products that make My Secret Garden unique.
Find out more about Saginaw Bay Trading Company and follow our progress on our Facebook page.