In March 2017, Lisa and Andy Fredricks purchased Rosa’s Closet to fulfill Lisa’s dream of owning a boutique. A lover of shoes, clothes, and bags (Lisa says if she had an unlimited shopping budget she would buy a large collection of Louis Vuitton luggage and handbags), Rosa’s Closet was the perfect fit. Both hailing from Western Michigan, Lisa from Zeeland and Andy from Rockford, they’ve fallen in love with what Grand Rapids offers and raise their three beautiful daughters, Lexi, Rachel, and Sara in the area.
They’re often found out and about on their boat or in Grand Rapids, enjoying the budding food culture, a Griffins game, or live music. They’re no stranger to the local bar scene as well, enjoying everything from a cocktail at the top of Amway at Cygnus to a drink at the Broadway on the West Side. When not local, they love driving down Highway 1 in Key West or exploring what other cities have to offer.
Lisa and Andy are excited about Rosa’s Closet’s future. They have plans to expand the store selection and sizes, hold more private events, and find ways to give back to the community and charities they hold near and dear to their heart. One cause that hits close to home is raising awareness for adopting shelter and rescue dogs, like their beloved Mimi. An adorable long-haired Chihuahua, who can usually be found wearing fashionable bows, Mimi quickly took on the role of Rosa’s Closet mascot. Mimi was a former breeder dog in Beirut, Lebanon and suffered years of abuse living on a balcony. Rescued by the local organization Hearts of Hope, she quickly took to her new Mom, Lisa, and follows her everywhere. Lisa and Andy love supporting animal-friendly causes, and love inviting dogs to play while their owners shop!
Just three weeks after buying Rosa’s Closet, Lisa was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Going in to remove a kidney stone, a radiologist found a large mass in the CAT scan. Devastated and fearful of the unknown, Lisa bravely went through chemotherapy, openly sharing her thoughts, feelings, and physical pains with friends and through Facebook, providing so many with a candid snapshot of what cancer truly looks like. Life as she knew it would never be the same, but she was able to find strength through her massive support system of friends and family, and then through Crowns of Courage. An amazing non-profit organization where a talented henna artist, Amanda Gilbert “crowns” cancer patients with organic, lavender infused henna, Crowns for Courage became an installation for Grand Rapids’ 2017 Art Prize, and local cancer patients were asked to participate. Completely humbled by the experience, Lisa has become involved in efforts to raise funds for cancer research and awareness and help cancer patients feel beautiful. Lisa is also using Rosa's Closet as a platform to help educate women about ovarian cancer by sharing her story and talking about symptoms as there is no diagnostic test available.
Lisa and Andy are excited to keep with the Rosa’s Closet spirit and provide women with a place to shop, consign, and be a part of the community. Join us!