So here’s the short and skinny.
I currently have a shop here at my house that is 12 miles from the town that I service snow removal. When it’s snowing I can’t just run home for more salt or take a break. Blaire and I have talked about building a new shop in town and have been looking at properties. But the downside is commercial property that is in a good location is hard to come by.
Something hit our radar and we are discussing its potential. It’s an old nursery that was very successful until the owners retired a year ago and shut it down. It’s 2 acres of land right on a major highway in town. It has a small office building that has a bathroom, shower, kitchen, office and living room. It’s just a small house that’s been converted to do business but it’s very fitting. It would be perfect for an office and a nice hangout for me and the guys in winter when it’s snowing.
What I like is the location, office, land size, and history of a successful business. Plenty of room to build a huge shop.
The question is this… Blaire loves gardening and flowers. I told her it would be fun to dabble in floral sales using the current greenhouse. But also sell mulch and fertilizer. Has anyone ever owned or has family that owns a nursery? Is it profitable or a huge pain? Other than keeping the property up I can’t see it being very stressful. It’s no secret that I may be loosing my job due to budget cuts at the college within a year. I would like to start laying the groundwork soon if it seems profitable. Obviously would not be selling potted plants this spring! The property would basically pay for itself each year with what I would save in running loose salt alone and I could even sell salt. So added income from the property is just a bonus and gives Blaire something to do.
I am also a big sucker for family fun and the nearest pumpkin farm is an hour drive. I would love to have a pumpkin patch! Something fun in the community for families in the fall.
Am I crazy? Worst case the nursery is a flop and I use the property for my shop in a sweet location!