Where The Garden Grows
Tell us about your business.After retiring, I started my business in 2010. I have always loved working with stone. I started by building stone walls, patios, and walkways around garden areas. In 2010 I carved a stone birdbath as a gift for my wife. She has many garden areas around our home and they all now have stone birdbaths in them. After seeing the interest in my birdbaths, I decided to start a small business. Most of the rocks I use I collect from the woods. Some also come from landscape rock yards. I prefer the rocks I find in the woods because many are moss covered and are very natural looking. All rocks are carved by hand and matched to a pedestal. Because each birdbath is so unique and takes a considerable amount of time to make, I see my business remaining small to provide me the time to devote to the quality of each birdbath and to the customer.
What makes your business stand out?No matter how many birdbaths I make, and no matter how hard I try, I can not make two alike. I have had many customers come back and tell me how much they love and enjoy their birdbath in their garden. Some tell me that they have built a garden around their birdbath. I make small, medium and large birdbaths for all size gardens. One thing that I always hear from my customers is how unique my birdbaths are. I always have birdbaths on display in our gardens around our home and I love the way the customers react when they are deciding which birdbath to get. Some purchase more than one. The birds seem to prefer the natural stone baths as the water stays cooler. The birdbath is a one of a kind addition to your garden. These will last forever and can be passed down through the generations.
What's the best business advice you've received?The best advice I have received is, invest as little money as possible to get started. This advice allowed me to start my business with only what I needed. It generated some income and allowed me to grow my business without investing unnecessary money.
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