From quick meals to flowers: New proprietor has plans to develop longtime Galesburg greenhouse

February 25, 2023 by No Comments

The Inexperienced Home, 963 E. Foremost St., will develop into Inexperienced Home & Décor when Debbie Clague takes over the keys to the store later this month. (JAY REDFERN/WGIL)

One in all Galesburg’s oldest greenhouses is getting a brand new proprietor with loads of contemporary concepts to develop the enterprise. The Inexperienced Home, 963 E. Foremost St., will develop into Inexperienced Home & Décor when Debbie Clague takes over the keys to the store later this month.

Clague tells WGIL that Inexperienced Home & Décor may have a delicate opening in mid March. She plans to speculate practically $300,000 within the retailer over the approaching months and years.

Inexperienced Home & Décor will provide all kinds of out of doors and indoor vegetation, concrete statues, Isabel Bloom collectible figurines and naturally Christmas timber and wreathes throughout the holidays. Clague plans so as to add extra present objects, indoor vegetation, steel art work and expects to supply plant/decorating-themed courses.

From quick meals to flowers

Invoice and Marjorie McVey have owned and operated The Inexperienced Home for the previous 47 years. Clague stated she’s going to proceed to supply lots of the similar distinctive plant and landscaping objects, however will put her personal contact on the enterprise. Clague retired final Might after working for 45 years within the quick meals business, the final 34 years because the supervisor and eventual normal supervisor for the Galesburg Hardee’s Restaurant, which sarcastically is positioned immediately west of The Inexperienced Home.

“Having labored subsequent door at Hardee’s for therefore a few years, it was at all times only a dream to get the Inexperienced Home, or open my very own greenhouse,” Clague stated. “I’ve at all times been a decorator at coronary heart. I believe my file variety of embellished Christmas timber in my home is 27. And whereas I’ve at all times beloved adorning, I’ve at all times loved having vegetation in and at my home. My grandma had a inexperienced thumb, and I acquired that from her.”

Whereas The Inexperienced Home was primarily open throughout warm-weather months and the vacations, Clague stated Inexperienced Home & Décor can be open 12 months spherical.

Clague has requested metropolis help within the type of funds from the Minority/Girls Enterprise Startup Help Program within the quantity of $10,000 in addition to the $25,000 from the Collateral Assist Program. Future enhancements embrace new paint, lighting, home windows and signage and can be tackled in future years as funds enable.

‘I plan to present the place a giant facelift’

“I plan to present the place a giant facelift,” Clague stated. “There’s numerous expense concerned in opening a brand new enterprise, so it’s going to be a piece in progress.” 

Clague additionally would finally wish to have a cooler and rent a florist to promote contemporary minimize flowers.

The spouse of lately retired Knox County Sheriff David Clague, Debbie began to job-shadow The Inexperienced Householders final summer season.

“I wished to see if it was one thing I actually wished to do,” she stated. “I realized numerous issues. It’s going to be a labor of affection.

“From working in The Inexperienced Home for a couple of months final 12 months, I realized from prospects that Invoice had vegetation you couldn’t get at different locations on the town. I hope to have the ability to develop on that.”

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