UPDATE: Last Day of the Spring Season is Tuesday, May 25th!
**Online orders are for pick-up only (NO SHIPPING). Please allow 48 hours before your items will be available for pick-up. We will email you when your items are available and arrange a pick-up time.
We will have a bit more greenery and decorations available in-store that won't be available online. Call the shop or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re looking for something online and don't see it. We may have it in-store only.
*Easter Orders must be placed by Saturday, April 4, 2020.
Please call 937-465-3717 or email email@example.com to place Easter orders.
Easter Orders will be available for pickup on 3 days:
Wednesday, April 8th, 10am - 4pm
Friday, April 10th, 10am - 4pm
Saturday, April 11th, 10am - 4pm
Please choose a time to pick up on these 3 days. We are limiting pick ups to 6 customers per 1/2 hour, so if your 1st choice of pick up time is already filled, you will be asked to select another pick up time for everyone's safety. Thank you for understanding.
*All employees will be taking safety precautions inside and outside the greenhouse, but please know it is impossible to eliminate all risk. Please consider seriously the risk involved to you and yours.
*There can be absolutely no returns on any material this season due to COVID-19 concerns.
So on to the seasonal greenhouse biz in the off-season…first of all, no, we don’t sit around with our feet up waiting for spring to come. I had zero idea that for a greenhouse to be ready to go in spring (or really the end of winter, when planting starts), you have to get all your ducks in a row in July.
All of this adds up to hours and hours of research, looking at numbers (again, and again, and again), agonizing over decisions about what I can fit in the growing space and what it’s time to move away from. Running a small business is no joke, and I am thankful that I have the time in the summer to give these details my full attention. Then come August, it’s time to Order! All the plants we will grow in the spring are ordered by the time it’s time for kids to go back to school, and all the hard goods (the pots, the hoses, the gloves, etc.) are ordered by the time the leaves start to change colors. In a fun coincidence, this is also when all the holiday orders are due; I’m ordering geraniums in the morning, and picking out the right Christmas wreaths in the afternoon! Although it’s a bit stressful making all of these decisions, as the owner (and a control freak) I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s my business, so it had better be my booty on the line when it comes down to it!
What's Growing On!
Yes, it's pretty corny.
Wow, first blog post. What to say?
Let's start from the beginning. I'll spare you the boring details, but Alycia needed a career change and while shopping for plants one spring, I casually mentioned she should ask if the greenhouse was still for sale. Within weeks she was beginning arrangements for the purchase. My head is still spinning. I had some retail management experience, Alycia had some greenhouse experience, we both have biology backgrounds, surely this would work out! Sorry, no cute story about one of us dreaming our entire lives of owning a greenhouse business. This was simply the right opportunity at the right time and we jumped on it! It's working out!
We've learned a lot over the past two years. Mostly we've learned that even the people that have been in the greenhouse business their entire lives don't always get everything just right, so it makes us not feel so bad about the mistakes we make now and then.
We've learned that a lot of the initial ideas and fun things we wanted to change and do with the business have to go to the back burner for a while. There is a ton of maintenance and rebuilding to be done, and our pockets are only so deep.
None the less, we're trying new things! Can you believe last Christmas season was the first time anyone tried to sell Christmas trees here? We're excited to be open for Christmas again this year and we hope you'll consider us for all of your wreaths, garland and beautiful, fragrant, cut trees!
If you're reading this, you may have noticed our new website, because you're on it! Berry Digital Solutions, LLC has been great to work with. They're just one of the great local business that we've worked with over the past two years to help us keep the place going.
This first blog has probably gone on long enough. Check in here from time to time to get info about what's going on at the greenhouse, what's new, maybe some tips and techniques. Who knows what you'll learn? We certainly have been learning, and it's fun to share with people.
Hillside Greenhouse is located at 302 Zanesfield Rd. in West Liberty, OH, directly across from Marie's Candies. Alycia and Matt Brehm purchased Hillside Greenhouse in 2016, and are proud to carry on a long tradition. There has been a greenhouse business at this location for over 100 years! In 2015 Alycia made a career change from teaching high school biology to make her life growing and selling plants. They live near West Liberty where Matt and his father also have a fish farm that raises yellow perch. They have two growing boys, and are excited to be a part of the growing small business community in West Liberty!
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