Every local business has a story worth sharing with the community. That is the belief behind Oxford Bank’s exciting new “Business Spotlight” series – to shine spotlight on all of our favorite local businesses and connect businesses with their surrounding communities.
This month's spotlight is Wojo's Greenhouse.
I visited with Rachel, the general manager of Wojo’s Greenhouse, to talk about what keeps them motivated season after season:
NC: Describe your business.
RZ: In 1983, owner Joseph Wojciechowski opened a roadside vegetable stand in Ortonville, MI, and now, after thirty-four years, that vegetable stand blossomed into three separate retail stores located in Ortonville, Lake Orion, and Davison.
NC: What is your favorite thing at Wojo’s?
RZ: I enjoy the changing of each season. It is a lot of fun "setting the stage" for the next set of seasonal product, whether it is the plethora of flowers in the spring and summer, the pumpkins for the fall, or the wreaths and more for the winter.
NC: When do you plan on opening in 2017?
RZ: Our opening date is right around the corner! We will open in April for the 2017 season.
NC: What is the hardest part about running a greenhouse?
RZ: The hardest part is the day-to-day operations; but that is also the best part because we grow our retail products in-house. In order to open in April, we start the growing process as early as January.
NC: What is the best business advice you have ever received?
RZ: I think that it's to always be grateful for the people around you. The words “thank you” go a long way, especially when employees are spending long hours at work away from their families. It's also important to thank the customer - they choose where they shop!
NC: What do you love about the community where your business is located?
RZ: Ortonville's a tight knit, small-town community. Everybody knows everyone else from their dealings in the town. Lucky for us, our community is very supportive. Growing plants and sharing them with the community is something we are very passionate about.
NC: What does the future hold for Wojo’s?
RZ: “Our goal, with the help of the Lord, is to create an environment where we can all grow both personally and professionally. We strive to be environmentally conscious in producing beautiful and healthy plants for our guests and share with them as much knowledge as possible, so that they can enjoy the success of creating and maintaining their own beautiful gardens.” –Mission Statement
Wojo’s Greenhouse (Ortonville, MI)
Locations: 2570 Oakwood Rd, Ortonville, MI 48462
Phone: (248) 627-6498
Wojo’s of Lake Orion (Lake Orion, MI)
Locations: 559 S Lapeer Rd, Lake Orion, MI 48362
Phone: (248) 690-7435
Wojo’s Garden Splendors (Davison, MI)
Locations: 7360 E Court St, Davison, MI 48423
Phone: (810) 658-9221
If you are interested in taking part in our “Business Spotlight” series, please contact Nick Cunningham by email at email@example.com