The store is called Repotted, and owners Jamie Laws and Elizabeth Cummings are focused on selling Texas grown plants and natural gardening supplies.
They expect to open Sept. 18 in the old Oak Cliff Mercantile building, a converted Conoco station that was Oak Cliff real estate maven Ruth Chenoweth’s office for many years. It has been vacant since the Mercantile owners moved closer to family in Oklahoma almost five years ago.
Repotted’s owners want to sell organic plants whenever possible, but there are only three plant farms in Texas that are all organic, Laws says. And Repotted’s priority is to sell plants that are adaptive or native to Texas. Most big garden stores don’t do that, Laws says. They often buy plants from all over the place, so if someone goes in and buys something that was grown in Wisconsin, say, it might die after a few days in a Texas garden.
“There really aren’t very many good local garden stores in Dallas,” Laws says. “And only one that I know of is remotely organic.”
Laws and Cummings want to educate their customers about natural gardening. Their shop won’t sell chemicals or synthetic fertilizers. But they will carry natural gardening supplies.
“You really will have a nicer garden if you don’t use that (synthetic) stuff,” Laws says.
Laws is a CPA who lives in Winnetka Heights, and Cummings is a preservation architect who lives in Elmwood. Although neither has any formal background in gardening, they’re both avid gardners who learned from their moms. They both have kids and work from home. Laws was laid off from her fulltime job in July, so they thought this would be the perfect time to get a start a business.
Petal Pushers, the garden store in Cedar Hill, closed recently, and the owner sold Repotted her cash registers and some plant stands and othe fixtures.
We’ll get a sneak peek at Repotted next weekend as the owners are participating with a pop-up store in the Better Block project on West Davis. That project, by the way, got a mention in the Huffington Post this week.
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