Shelby Park business returns to the neighborhood in a colorful way

Tony Hess started his landscaping business in 1982 on Logan Street. For the past 40 years, the lot next to his business has been used as a landfill for his company. “At work,” Hess said. “At one point we had mulch as tall as the building next to us!” Basically, it was a little sore in his eyes. So, Hess decided that, when the time was right, he would open the first nursery in the area. “I buy from growers all over the world and many of them run nurseries. And I always thought it would be a good deal for here,” Hess said. Finally, in April, Hess was able to open. Only in the first months of business, neighbors and other businesses noticed the advantages of him. The nursery’s neighbor is Atrium Brewing. Brewery Vice President Donald Mahoney said he noticed more foot traffic thanks to the daycare. “They’ve always been great neighbors, but now it’s just a beautiful, bright place,” Mahoney said. He hopes that the residents and guests of the area can come for a drink alike in his business as he does and also enjoy walking around the nursery. “I hope everyone can enjoy such a day,” Mahoney said. Adam Stekelar, General Manager of Harvey’s, a company in nearby Logan Street Market, says he is very excited that the neighborhood is getting a diverse variety of businesses. “It’s nice to have something a little more lively and not just another restaurant,” said Stekelar. “There are a lot of great restaurants popping up in this neighborhood, but it’s nice to have something that actually brings a little more greenery to the area.” Resident Chip Rogalinski, former president of the Shelby Park Neighborhood Association, said he knew this was exactly what the neighborhood needs to continue growing. “When you see beautiful flowers and trees, you can’t help but smile. When you smile, think a little differently about a neighborhood,” Rogalinski said. “Encourage people to visit, shop, shop and they too come and want to live here.” Hess is simply happy to bring joy to the area that has supported his business for over 40 years.

Tony Hess started his landscaping business in 1982 on Logan Street. For the past 40 years, the lot next to his business has been used as a landfill for his company.

“We used it not only for our equipment, but it was also our delivery point for our shrubs and things we ripped up on the job,” Hess said. “At one point we had mulch as tall as the building next to us!”

Basically, it was a little sore in the eyes. So, Hess decided that, when the time was right, he would open the first nursery in the area.

“I buy from growers all over the world and many of them run nurseries. And I always thought it would be a good deal for here,” Hess said.

Finally, in April, Hess was able to open.

Already in the first months of operation, neighbors and other businesses have noticed the benefits.

The neighbor next door to the nursery is Atrium Brewing.

Brewery Vice President Donald Mahoney said he noticed more foot traffic thanks to the nursery.

“They’ve always been great neighbors, but now it’s just a beautiful, bright place,” Mahoney said.

He hopes that the residents and guests of the area can come for a drink in his business and also have fun walking around the kindergarten.

“I hope everyone can enjoy such a day,” Mahoney said.

Adam Stekelar, General Manager of Harvey’s, a company in nearby Logan Street Market, says he is very excited that the neighborhood is getting a diverse variety of businesses. “It’s nice to have something a little more lively and not just another restaurant,” said Stekelar. “There are a lot of great restaurants popping up in this neighborhood, but it’s nice to have something that actually brings a little more greenery to the area.”

Resident Chip Rogalinski, former president of the Shelby Park Neighborhood Association, said he knew this was exactly what the neighborhood needs to continue growing.

“When you see beautiful flowers and trees, you can’t help but smile. When you smile, you think a little differently about a neighborhood,” said Rogalinski. “Encourage people to visit, shop, shop and they too come and want to live here.”

Hess is simply happy to bring joy to the area that has been supporting his business for over 40 years.

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