By Jill nagy
The Plant Hatch, a new plant shop in Clifton Park, saw a “great turnout” for the store opening at the end of June and sold more 700 plants during their first weekend, according to co-owner Nick Marshall.
The shop combines a full-service florist with a store selling indoor house plants like cactus, succulents, and some rare indoor house plants. There are some 2,000 plants in all, said Marshall.
The shop is located at 800 Route 146, in the Town Plaza shopping center in Clifton Park.
Marshall and co-owner Jeff Paulsen, saw a lack in the Clifton Park area of shops offering a wide variety of top quality plants and a staff with experience in plant care and floral design, able to educate customers in how to care for the plants they bring home.
The Plant Hatch has six employees, including the owners, who can help them choose a plant and keep it healthy.
In addition to house plants and cut flowers, the Plant Hatch sells plant related items like terrariums and vases and a selection of pottery, macrame, chocolate, tea and honey. Products are “very earthbound, organic, and natural,” Marshall said. They try to source their products locally, especially from women- and minority-owned businesses.
The owners lease their premises from DCG Development Co., which managed the fit-up for them. Paulsen and Marshall self-financed the new enterprise and also designed and built the necessary modifications, including moving walls, modifying the plumbing and bringing in a large floral cooler.
Paulsen and Marshall have owned a landscaping service, JP’s Cutting Edge, also in Clifton Park, for more than 10 years. Fresh out of high school, they went into business cutting small lawns with push mowers.
The business grew and, “then you have three crews working,” Marshall recalled. He expects to spend most of his time at the Plant Hatch while his partner spends most of his on the landscaping business.
The Plant Hatch is open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The telephone number is 518-357-3113. The website is ThePlantHatch.com.