Indoor and outdoor gardeners now have a resource to help grow their operations.
Greenthumb Hydrophonics and Garden Center, 849 Harding Way E, supplies equipment for all gardeners from small-time growers to large scale greenhouses. The local business, which opened last week, had a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning.
“It’s going to be the new thing,” said owner Annisa Zorns, 42, of Bucyrus.
Zorns has been involved in several different kinds of businesses for the past 18 years. She said Greenthumb’s new home, next to the K&B Laundromat, is a great location. The process to start the business occurred a year ago including leasing negotiations with the property’s owners and remodeling the premise.
“It’s all worth it,” she said, adding that she hopes to keep the business going after she retires.
She also has two rooms where she plans to grow vegetables in the spring. Greenthumb now has one employee but Zorns hopes to employ one to two more people as business picks up.
Joe Kleinknecht, president and chief executive officer of the chamber, said the community needs more niche businesses rather than larger corporations.
“We need young entrepreneurs,” he said.