THE MARKET FOR HOME, LIFESTYLE + GIFT

Sunday, Aug. 12 -
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

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Tandem For Two

Grand Haven,  MI 
United States
http://TandemForTwo.com
  • Booth: 5234

I'm a designer and maker of a handmade gift line of home goods & stationery that features a bucket list of all the great things to experience in our states and towns. My brand celebrates the communities we live in and visit & where we create our products. Talk with me about custom designs for your town!


 Show Specials


 Press Releases

  • MICHIGAN – December 2016 – Tandem For Two, LLC announces that the company will launch it’s own fabric line, designed in-house and printed exclusively in West Michigan.

    Prior to this move, the company utilized US manufactured fabric for their pillow backs. This fabric became increasingly available to the public and the supply became inconsistent and patterns too common. In the interest of keeping her pillows distinct, Tandem For Two’s owner and creative director, Jennifer Smelker began to research the idea of printing her own fabric.

    Additionally, due to the increasing popularity of her custom pillows, improving production efficiency was also an important factor. Tandem For Two started offering pillows in June 2014 and in one year Smelker had sewn over 1000 pillows by herself at her kitchen counter. She hired an additional seamstress and they have created and sold a total of over 5600 pillows to date. “In order to keep up with demand, I needed to develop a more efficient way of piecing together and sewing our pillows,” Smelker said.

    Customers and retailers had also voiced their preference for removable and washable pillowcases instead of the sewn shut pillows the company had been producing. Taking all these factors into consideration, Smelker developed a completely custom process in which the designs on the pillow front and the selected pattern and color on the back is printed simultaneously. Customers have the ability to select their preferred pattern and color to match their décor and to coordinate with the state and town designs. Tandem For Two designs focus on celebrating all the great things to experience in each state and town. Designs feature a bucket list that includes the locally favorite things to do, loved foods, and places not to miss.

    Smelker had been sewing since a young age, but didn’t set out to be a fabric designer. “It’s exciting to see my own designs in print and I’m thrilled that we can print our own fabric locally and contribute to the great manufacturing tradition here in West Michigan.”

    Tandem For Two is a handmade home goods company that celebrates the communities we live and create our products in. We gladly provide jobs to the underemployed, putting their talents to a purpose.  Every year, 10% of our profits are given back to our communities, particularly those communities torn apart by natural disasters, refugees fleeing from their communities or those living without a place to call home. Headquartered in Grand Haven, Michigan, Tandem For Two, LLC is a women-owned business established in May 2013 by it’s founder and creative director, Jennifer M. Smelker. Since that time, Tandem For Two has grown from one postcard design offered in a single store to 8 design lines, a total of 21 handmade home good and stationery products sold in over 150 boutique and departments stores in 8 states.  For more information, please visit www.tandemfortwo.com
  • MICHIGAN – July 2017 – Tandem For Two, LLC announces the launch of their social media initiative #tandembikelife, with the aim to give financial resources to those in need in local communities.

    The company’s initiative is inspired by a 1968 orange tandem bike that Tandem For Two owner, Jennifer Smelker, found in a Midwest farmer's barn. After her teenage son’s suggestion, it became the source of her company name and logo. It has become a great symbol of how she feels we ride in this life together.

    “I want to live the #tandembikelife,” said Smelker. “And I don't just mean riding my bike around our beach town. We aren't in this life alone and I want to lean on others and be leaned on. Sometimes we have to pedal harder and let someone coast because they need the rest. Or we need extra strength from someone because of the rough road we're on.  In this little business of mine, I lean and rely on a lot of people. I wouldn't be doing what I am today without the help of others.”

    Every year, Tandem For Two has given 10% of their profits back to communities, particularly those torn apart by natural disasters, refugees fleeing from their communities or those living without a place to call home. The company celebrates where they live and where life takes them and they say part of that celebration is making the products in their communities and involving others on the journey. “That’s part of the #tandembikelife,” Smelker insists and she encourages others to have this philosophy. Organizations are invited to contact the company if there are ways you’d like Tandem For Two to help in your community.

    Tandem For Two is a handmade home goods company that celebrates the communities we live and create our products in. We gladly provide jobs to the underemployed, putting their talents to a purpose. Headquartered in Grand Haven, Michigan, Tandem For Two, LLC is a women-owned business established in May 2013 by it’s founder and creative director, Jennifer M. Smelker. Since that time, Tandem For Two has grown from one postcard design offered in a single store to 8 design lines, a total of 21 handmade home good and stationery products sold in over 150 boutique and departments stores in 8 states.  For more information, please visit www.tandemfortwo.com.

  • MICHIGAN – November 2017 – Tandem For Two, LLC announces a new product they have developed that is supporting a local high school technology program.

    Tandem For Two produces a line of home goods and stationery that celebrate all the unique qualities of each state and town. Over the past year, owner and creative director, Jennifer Smelker has expanded her line of entertaining products to include felt coasters, tea towels and cocktail napkins. While brainstorming ideas to develop that complement the existing line, she turned to her own swizzle stick collection.

    Smelker and her family live in a 1928 Craftsman bungalow that she and her husband restored together and it has a large front porch that first drew them to the house. Smelker says, “We have spent a lot of time on our porch - summer dinners, morning coffee, evening cocktails, porch parties, gathering family and friends to relax and watch the world go by. We love to fix a drink, grab a swizzle stick and gather together.”

    Smelker discovered she couldn’t find state-shaped swizzle sticks or drink stirrers but she also had a hard time finding a production partner who could produce her designs for her. Her teenage son suggested contacting his engineering teacher at the high school. “It was such a great solution and I’m thrilled to support the technology education program and keep production local.” Every purchase of a swizzle stick set supports the local high school program where students learn to design, research and develop, produce, and market their own products.

    Tandem For Two is a handmade home goods company that celebrates the communities we live and create our products in. We gladly provide jobs to the underemployed, putting their talents to a purpose.  Every year, 10% of our profits are given back to our communities, particularly those communities torn apart by natural disasters, refugees fleeing from their communities or those living without a place to call home. Headquartered in Grand Haven, Michigan, Tandem For Two, LLC is a women-owned business established in May 2013 by it’s founder and creative director, Jennifer M. Smelker. Since that time, Tandem For Two has grown from one postcard design offered in a single store to 8 design lines, a total of 21 handmade home good and stationery products sold in over 150 boutique and departments stores in 8 states.  For more information, please visit www.tandemfortwo.com.

 Products

  • Tandem For Two - Natural State Silhouette Pillow
    18" square pillow that includes all the fun things to see & do in the state you love! An assortment of custom designed patterns and neutral colors available for the back. Removable poly poplin case with envelope-style closure....

    • 100% poly poplin
    • 100% recycled soda bottle pillow insert
    • Removable case with envelope-style closure
    • Cold water washable/tumble dry low
    • Made in U.S.A. - hand printed & sewn in Michigan
    • MSRP $48
  • Tandem For Two-State/Town Bucket List Stationery
    Personal notes are so much more fun when they show all the things you love about where you live or have visited! A2 size matte card stock with blank interior. Includes white envelopes. Made in Michigan....

    • Set of 8, with blank interiors
    • 8 envelopes
    • A2 Size (4.25" x 5.5")
    • Matte Card Stock
    • Made in U.S.A.
    • MSRP $14
  • Tandem For Two - State or Town Bucket List Pillow
    18" square pillow that includes all the fun things to see & do in a bucket list about the place you love! An assortment of custom designed patterns and colors available for the back. Removable poly poplin case with envelope-style closure....

    • 100% poly poplin
    • 100% recycled soda bottle pillow insert
    • Removable case with envelope-style closure
    • Cold water washable/tumble dry low
    • Made in U.S.A. - hand printed & sewn in Michigan
    • MSRP $48

  • Tandem For Two-State or Town Bucket List Tea Towel
    Fun, full-color tea towels celebrate your state or town with a bucket list of all the great things to experience!...

    • 18" x 28"
    • 100% linen
    • Corner hanging loop
    • Completely handmade in U.S.A. - handprinted and hand sewn!
    • MSRP $22
  • Tandem For Two - State Swizzle Sticks
    Liven up your entertaining or make a great host/hostess gift. Fun set of 4 acrylic sticks with the silhouette of Michigan makes you smile! Your purchase supports a local high school engineering/business program!...

    • set of 4
    • acrylic
    • Made in the U.S.A.
    • MSRP $12
  • Tandem For Two - State or Town Coaster Set
    Adorable coasters that show our favorite icons for our state or town. Made of thick, absorbent felt, these 3.75" coasters come as a set of 4 with one of each pattern. Printed in Michigan....

    • set of 4
    • 3.75" round
    • abssorbent felt
    • MSRP $16

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