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Bob & I both like the idea of shopping at what we call “home grown” businesses. They are the businesses started and run by local folks. We are targeting some of these businesses as we begin our quest to market Full Cycle Soap. Our favorites are those that carry unique or made in America products.
We found one of the gems of the home grown businesses just a few weeks ago. It started with a Groupon. You know, one of those on line coupons. I love these things and, as I am a gardener, I couldn’t pass up the chance to get a deal on a new plant. The result was a trip to Salmon Creek Nursery in Brockport. http://www.salmoncreeknursery.com. We stopped on a warm Sunday afternoon and were greeted by the very friendly employee, Anita, and the very knowledgeable owner, Dave. We found out that they have been in business for over 40 years. Their plants are beautiful and reasonable and I acquired a new Hibiscus. We went inside to pay and found a wonderful old building full of antique farm equipment and interesting local products. This is our kind of place. Most impressive was the friendliness. We received all the help we needed, all the questions were answered, and there was no hurry or pressure to buy. Just real nice people.
At checkout, we were told about and invited to a wine tasting being held the next Sunday. We were more than willing to take advantage of a chance to spend another afternoon in such a pretty and peaceful place. That Sunday afternoon was one of those hot ones a couple of Sundays back. We arrived to find the back porch all set up with a tasting bar, wines from a local store, an abundance of tasty snacks and a very good acoustical guitar player. There were tables scattered about, some of them made of wood or stone by local artisans. Dave and his wife Grace were greeting guests, giving expert advice about trees, shrubs, plants and such. It appears that they have events such as this as treats for their customers. This is a place we will definitely visit again.