Karen and Jim Lillie first opened Lillies in October of 2007. Their business venture came about while Karen was walking through the old Woolen Mill in Cedarburg shopping with her daughter, when they found themselves on the third floor looking through the window of an available space. Looking for a way to make a living as well as making a difference in the world, Lillies opened in a one-room space filled with mostly unique fair trade products. It turned out that customers really enjoyed reading the stories of how the products were made, and by whom. More and more customers wanted to know who was making their goods and where their money was going. Lillies expanded into another available space, and again expanded into a third space allowing room for clothing. During this time, Lillies’ product range grew to include not only fair trade, but organic, natural, sustainable, recycled, local, and handmade goods as well. With all this growth, in September of 2009, Lillies was forced to move to its current location on Washington Avenue.
Not surprisingly, Lillies quickly outgrew its space with so many unique innovative new eco-products and that’s how Lillies sister-store, Weeds, was born. Weeds opened half a block north of Lillies in October of 2010 and strives to offer products that are sustainable, organic, recycled, reusable, biodegradable, and many of which are locally sourced. Weeds provides customers with responsible options for things we all use and need in our lives. In doing so we can help to make the world we live in better for not only ourselves, but for generations to come. While it has a similar overall feel to Lillies, Weeds carries a different variety of products including teas, spices, home & garden goods. With Jim’s background as a landscaper, he has made the beautiful side-garden connected to the shop as well as finding the most unique and best quality garden (and home) goods that you can’t find in any other store.