About Us

A Love for community

As owners of Holiday Market, the pride we have in our store and our passion for fine foods is equaled only by our love for our community. We live here in the Canton area, our children went to Plymouth/Canton schools and we are involved with localorganizations and activites. We’re committed to giving back to this fine neighborhood and doing our best to serve our valued customers.


Foodies took notice

Holiday Market of Canton is a family owned business that is rooted in history and a passion for all things gourmet. The original Holiday Market of Royal Oak was started by Lisa Pardington’s father, Tom Violante, in 1954 and also happens to be where John Pardington and Lisa would meet. John took an opportunity to work for Tom and, within a handful of years, changed the concept from a “mom & pop” shop into a gourmet market. The foodies of the metro Detroit area took notice and in 1998, John & Lisa were offered to open their own Holiday Market in Canton. The rest is history!

John has a serious passion and knowledge of the food industry. He is constantly searching all corners of the world for specialty foods and drinks that no other markets carry. He brings passion to the store every day, creating an exciting environment in which to shop and work.

High quality food products, foods from around the world

Holiday Market has survived being an independent market in a world flooded with chain stores because John has a natural understanding of what the customer wants- high quality food products, foods from around the world, and most importantly great customer service.

Following in her father’s footsteps

The next generation taking over the Holiday Market family business is their daughter, Claire Pardington, who joined them in 2016. She joins them after a successful career as a designer and an exciting life in New York City. Claire attended the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology and went on to design for labels like Calvin Klein Collection and, at the end of her design career, was the lead Designer of Victoria’s Secrets Designer Collection. Her design career has given her many gifts and talents that she brings to the business and culture of Holiday Market and she is currently earning her master’s in Business and Administration at the prestigious University of Michigan’s Ross Business School. Following in her father’s footsteps, she has a natural understanding of what makes food good, what customers want, and has a great eye for renovations and aesthetics!

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