Lily’s at Levis offers unique home décor
By Jennifer Ruple
A terrifying experience led Judy Church, owner of Lily’s at Levis, to realize that life is too short and that she should make the most out of every moment. In September 2000, Church was on her way home when suddenly her vehicle was struck by a semi. The truck ended up dragging Church’s vehicle about the length of two football fields before it completely stopped. “Of course I thought I was going to die,” she recalled. While recuperating from the accident in northern Mich., Church stumbled upon a gift shop that sold unique home décor pieces. With prior experience as a business owner and in art sales, Church toyed with the idea of opening a similar business in the Toledo area. Fortunately for her, the owner of that shop agreed to sell Church her vendor list. With the new vendor list and her passion for art, Church opened Lily’s on Main on May 1, 2001, in downtown Sylvania. “I had no idea what it was going to be until I put those two together,” she said. Named after her father’s favorite flower, Lily’s began as a Southwest décor store. “I like the look of the pine and pottery and more organic pieces. That’s kind of what it’s always been about.” Prior to opening Lily’s, Church sold fine art in a gallery in Ann Arbor, Mich., and was the owner of Deck the Walls, a print and framing store at Franklin Park Mall.
In 2008, Church relocated Lily’s to a larger space at The Shops at Fallen Timbers, then known as Lily’s on the Lake. In 2009, an opportunity arose, and Church moved Lily’s to its current location at The Town Center at Levis Commons in Perrysburg. Now known as Lily’s at Levis, the shop has 12 employees and offers more merchandise than ever including artwork and wall hangings, lamps and chandeliers, dishes, garden art, clocks, clothing, jewelry and accessories.
On May 1, 2016, Lily’s turns 15 years old. Church attributes her success to her positive attitude, always looking at the glass half full, and her love of life. “I always see the good in people. I love all of my customers, and I’ve had great employees over the years.”