Shop Talk: Flora Home & Garden
Attention urban gardeners: there’s a new shop in the Short North just for you.
Flora Home & Garden, at 988 N. High St. next to The Lamp Shade, offers an eclectic mix of merchandise designed to meet your every horticultural need, from fresh flowers, plants, seeds and tools, to pottery and plant containers. Other offerings include bird seed, bird feeders, bird baths, terrariums, and home décor accessories.
“I’ve lived in the Short North area for over ten years and love the feel of the neighborhood and have talked about opening a store here for years,” said David Snow, the shop’s owner. “With all the new building getting ready to take place and more people moving downtown, it seemed like a great time to do it. I wanted to fill the gap we had in the Short North for a true urban garden store like you would find in a big city like Chicago or New York.”
The shop opened April 1 and its customer base mainly consists of residents from the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as tourists and convention visitors, he said. So far, the shop’s best sellers have been its soy candles, hummingbird feeders made from recycled glass, and Livingston garden seed.
In need of container gardening assistance?
“We will be happy to help any way we can,” he said.
“Container gardening has been around for a long time, but with people having smaller yards or living in city areas, it allows them to garden in their small yards, decks or balconies, where planting in the ground may not be possible,” he added. “The whole idea of being able to grow something yourself or know where your fresh vegetables come from is very rewarding and becoming very trendy.”
Snow should know. He has a bachelor’s degree in greenhouse management, and has worked in the horticulture industry for more than 20 years.
Shoppers should note than Flora Home & Garden’s current location is temporary; its permanent home, at 930 N. High St., wasn’t ready as soon as Snow hoped it would be.
“The permanent location is literally just down the block from where I am now and will give me more space to expand our selection,” he said.
The shop is expected to reopen at its new location in late summer.