It was the kind of setback that Suzanne Miller didn’t want to hear, but she was ready to roll with the punches. That’s what small business owners do.
When I visited her new boutique, Plant Parenthood, 528 S. Main St., on Wednesday, she was organizing those last-minute details in preparation for the boutique opening this week.
“I’m really excited. I’m having 200 plants delivered this afternoon. They’ll be here for an open house tonight with friends,” she said.
A few moments later, she received a call informing her that the arrival of her plants would be delayed for a day. The meeting with friends would continue, but without the plants.
“You know, you should always expect something like this to happen with an opening,” she said. “It never fails.”
Store shelves will not be devoid of plants. Some exotic tropical plants and specialty philodendrons, purchased in Springfield, arrived at the store earlier in the week.
In addition to a huge selection of indoor plants, the shop will feature art, crafts and pottery from local artists and artisans. There will also be vintage stuff. You will be able to give and receive plant starters from a special display in the shop.
Another feature is a soil bar where you can mix and match soil types to get the mix you like best. Plant prices start at $10 and go up from there.
“It’s an eclectic store that we want to be accessible and comfortable,” she says. “We will have a water and coffee station. We want people to take their time and look around us.
The art on the front of the shop is by John Coleman, of Create N Sip Studio, 223 W. Third St. It’s a place where you can paint and sip wine with friends or colleagues.
Miller opens the store with his business partner, Brian Cole. They also operate the Beast and Barrel restaurant in the storefront south of Plant Parenthood.
Plant Parenthood hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more details, contact email@example.com.
The Kings Emporium, a variety retail store and smokehouse, moved from a storefront at 516 N. Main St. to 409 S. Main St. This is the former Model Clothing Co. building. .
The store, which opened earlier this week, offers “a bit of everything”, according to a spokeswoman who runs the store.
“We have all kinds of children’s clothing, men’s and women’s, from designer sweatshirts to t-shirts,” she said. “We have women’s handbags, shoes and underwear.”
The shop also offers novelty gifts, records, books, candles and incense, jewelry, perfume and cologne, as well as beauty and hair products.
She said the downtown location sees a lot more foot traffic than the North Main Street location. “It’s a much better location for what we offer. We are happy to be here,” she said.
The shop is owned by Frederick Byrd and Reginald Johnson.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
On the right track
The new Chick-fil-A restaurant at the northeast corner of 36th Street and Range Line Road is on track for a March 30 opening, according to local Chick-fil-A operator Rick Starkweather. .
The new Chick-fil-A will be the third in Joplin when you include the Northpark Mall location.
Starkweather said the restaurant has had no difficulty filling positions.