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"marcus kirby" Discussed on WGN Radio

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04:37 min | 1 year ago

"marcus kirby" Discussed on WGN Radio

"I mean, honestly, The best thing you can do is just like Go on the Internet research what it is that you're interested in, and I mean, it's just like any hobby, like you really want to understand what you're doing like, If you want to become good at something you have to research and you have to learn. Um, So I mean, learning to provide the proper environment is the best thing that you can do, but also acknowledging your limitations like if I don't If you don't have that much lighter, you really shouldn't be getting a highlight thing. You're not going to be happy. The plan's not going to be happy. It's just like so I always ask people because I don't want to sell them something that's going to die, and especially one of the first time plant owner. I really want them to feel excited about this. Like I want them to get something that they congrats, which I think it's really Encouraging and exciting to know that You are growing something. I think the patients involved in all of this was also really beneficial that people is well, there's just so many skills that come along with this That as a hobby, I think just generally help people out. I mean, I'm an anxious person and like being able to think about something outside of myself for a little bit helps so again, like I think, going back to the hole like creating a positive internal environment. Unlike the outside so great, I think it really comes back to that. But, yeah, I mean, you know, definitely talk to them picking them up not so much from these things. They're used to being stuck in the ground, so they actually get a little stressed out when you pick him up. But there's nothing wrong with like touching the leave. They're like saying positive things doing. Okay, So you're about to hire somebody. And you're going to keep growing this thing and then what's next? We franchise it What town we hit next. What are we doing? Oh, man. I have absolutely no idea what the next step is, for all of its Chicago's been pretty demanding, and we've locked away a large population. I think the next generation of this whole thing is sorting out deliveries. Um, that's one of the biggest things. Trying to deal with right now is how to approach that situation because there's a lot of people who don't have access to vehicles. I myself don't even have a vehicle after like rent cars in order to do all this and rely on the distributors to come to me. So I really want to get to people who don't have access to a car. I don't like limiting my plants still like on Ly people have certain resources that feels Very classes, and that's not what I'm about it all. Um I try try my plans accordingly. And Mike be fair about it so that everybody can get things and, you know, like, oftentimes, just like plants to people for free agents, because, like I appreciate that, But the person I like their situation It's very common for people to message me. It will be like I want this thing, but I don't have a ton of money like we work something out. I'm always open to trade, too. If people want to do that, like there's a lot of people who don't have jobs right now throughout skills that And like, Yeah, we have skills so they can trade so I'm totally down to do that, too. But the next generation is figuring out a delivery system. I'm gonna have to get a warehouse to toe hold all of the kind of crazy to me, you know? Yeah, I think I'm gonna be acting. It's something in between. Like, Ah, wholesale and retail operation like I'm bringing all these things into the city and finding a central location so that people can come almost like a Costco. I guess like I'm not really a huge fan of places like that. But that's about the best model that I can come up with is like pseudo wholesale. Well, unfortunately, Marcus, I believe there's going to be a lot of commercial retail space available. And so it's It's a good time you're getting into that business if that business is booming right now, good for you and you know, hopefully you'll start employing other people on DH Keep girl in this thing, and you know, we all got to find ways to take the positive of everything that's been thrown at us. And you've certainly done a good job of that on building this thing up. It's very exciting. Congratulations. Yeah, thank you. I really appreciate it. Like I said that. All this was going on, and I've managed to make something positive out of it. It's been like very exciting but also like I have to, like, show appreciation. Everybody is buying from me to you. This has been coming out of nowhere, like people are sacrificing. And giving up their money, if even if they don't have that much to, like, help support me, and I really, really appreciate that, so hopefully I can get back to other people in some capacity in the future. Well, it sounds like you are the succulent city dot com is the Web site You can peruse everything you can order directly from Marcus there. Marcus Kirby, the owner of the guy that's making something out of house plants and very exciting. I'm very happy for you, Marcus. Thank you so much for jumping on the phone with us. Yeah, For sure. Thank you. I really, really appreciate it..

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"marcus kirby" Discussed on WGN Radio

WGN Radio

06:59 min | 1 year ago

"marcus kirby" Discussed on WGN Radio

"No. June Stiller normally normally acoustic guitar, Right? Alright, well, Julie, you're great sport and We're only going to send you one hoody, though. Make a pro city. I don't know what you're doing. You welcome back in everybody. Radio 7, 20 wg and map mobile with you until five when we'll say good morning to orient Samuelson. You know, we've been talking a ton about the pandemic over the last six months. We're all sick of it. We're all tired of it were also living through it. There are some bright spots in things and a lot of times with this. It's about seizing the opportunity figuring out where the opportunities are and sometimes taking a leap of faith Exhibit A. Marcus Kirby had kind of what's described in Black Club Chicago's article about him as a side hustle the succulent city. He turned it into something much bigger than that. He joins us on the phone right now. Hey, Marcus, how are you? Hey doing well, How you doing? Good mark. The the succulent city was an online house plant business, it's explained as what is an online house plant business. Well, big brown thing that so you know, initially, basically, I started the whole thing back in 2015, and primarily, I was selling online at that point, so Move back into this has an unfamiliar with me. Over the years, I've gone to a few different generations with the whole thing. So last year, I was primarily doing markets and festivals. And I was expecting to continue doing that. But around like February or so I started seeing some articles and information about Corona virus coming from other countries. And kind of person who likes is generally a little bit anxious about medical related things, because I have add mom just like, OK, interesting. What's gonna happen with this? So I started seeing trickles of the effects of this, maybe in late marchers. So where the event that I was going to be participating in started canceling It was around that time that kind of a preemptive man. Alright. Suppose that I opted to begin selling things on mine. Like I said, I was mostly doing succulents cactus. I at that point But I've had houseplants and I've sold them. So I started attempting to sell house plants, and the response was really positive and overwhelming, actually, and each month it's just consistently grown. Tio, where currently I think this month. I wouldn't be surprised if I'm going to end up doing about 16 18,000 sales where it's 15 was kind of the max. In July. Um You know, it's like a very surreal thing. I expected at some point that it would sort of decline and that things would hit some sort of stabilizer number, But they just keep growing to the point where I'm now considering hiring an employee. So it's somebody who was working as a server. And working. You know, we're not making really that much to have now ended up getting my own business doing this and like ending up doing it full time, which is a huge change for me, and I really appreciate all the support everyone's given. It's just it blows my mind that this is actually happening. I'm sure so explain to me again Two years ago when you were doing this just sort of on the side, But you're basically growing houseplants and then telling people Hey, you need a house plant. You should buy this house plant from me. So to clarify, so I have. I was growing succulents cactus. I like I've always been growing those, um and I hybridized steps as well, who actually make my own like taking the Paul and and I'm like putting it on the other. The majority of these are purchased wholesale, So I'm essentially reselling need. Um, but also you have intentions of like. I mean, I propagate things, too, so you can take a plan and then you could take cuttings or make divisions from the roots. And you can propagate it that way, so they multiply. And that's one of the interesting things about plans. Like any plan. In general, they kind of grow at an exponential rate. So from a business perspective, I can't think of another product or item that Replicates itself exponentially. So I mean, I love plants. I mean, I've been doing that for a while. Like I said, So. To me. It just seems like the perfect item to be selling at the culmination, a lot of my ideology and interest in life. I'm happy of actively be doing something that I'm passionate about. But, yeah, I mean, I resell these and I grow them out, too. So I mean, I always have things growing and well, so I tend to keep a few to myself among them grow out, and then I'll do division and cutting them. What Not is fascinating to me because I have someone who said, Here's my idea. We're going to sell House plans. I would've said. What's the demand for house plants? Are people really buying houseplants? But people are really buying houseplants and succulents in these things, people there is that pandemic driven is because people are home and they want to breathe and feel the oxygen or have somebody to talk to or something to talk to, Or was this just an untapped market that nobody really realized? Was there. Um, So that's an interesting question. I mean, the demand for it has always been there. I think Instagram has had a huge impact and influence on that in the last few years. Especially, you know, like I'm 34. So I think a lot of millennials and other people my age kind of Being stuck in this weird state of around a time when they should be starting families, not really having the money to do it. People want to nurture things and people want to grow things. I think that's just like some sort of like human aspiration. Um, so instead of like having kids were like having plants and animals, Um, but, you know, Specifically in April and May. Even I think there's a lot of concern about what was going to happen with all this because I remember being articles about Holland and issues with like Throwing out millions of tulips because nobody was buying them. And even around Easter time nobody buying lilies. So these Indicators that the industry had based on We're not looking good, but around May everything just changed. I mean, the distributors that I go to have that conversation with them, and they're like, you know, we've been in the business for 25 plus years. We've never seen anything like this, and I knew that people were going to be home or I kind of expected of the lock down would be more intense than it actually was. And you know, I'm expecting we're gonna go back into it again, So I thought my field's going to go down but probably gonna go back up. But people are at home or I mean people have do meetings. They need things in the background. But they also need things to look at. And You know, there's just so much chaos going on right now. I mean, there's like social upheaval, and there's a lot of concern about economics and politics and what's going on with the election that I think people are trying to create some sort of like Curated safe space in their home and not like a safe space like a snowflake type thing. But just like you want to feel comfortable where you are like, if everything externally is not going great. This is one place You can create tranquility. I think that drives a lot of it is..

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"marcus kirby" Discussed on WGN Radio

WGN Radio

05:54 min | 2 years ago

"marcus kirby" Discussed on WGN Radio

"But, um, I don't know. I mean, honestly, The best thing you can do is just like Go on the Internet research what it is that you're interested in, and I mean, it's just like any hobby, like you really want to understand what you're doing like, If you want to become good at something you have to research and you have to learn. Um, So I mean, learning to provide the proper environment is the best thing that you can do, but also acknowledging your limitations. It's like if I don't If you don't have that much lighter, you really shouldn't be getting a highlight thing. You're not going to be happy. The plant's not going to be happy. It's just like so I always ask people because I don't want to sell them something that's going to die, and especially one of the first time plant owner. I really want them to feel excited about this. Like I want them to get something that they can grow wet. I think it's really Encouraging and exciting to know that You are growing something. I think the patients involved in all of this is also really beneficial people. Well, they're just so many skills that come along with this. That as a hobby, I think just generally help people out. I mean, Omine, anxious person and like being able to think about something outside of myself for a little bit helps, um, so again, like I think, going back to the hole like creating a positive internal environment. When, like the outside of so great, I think it really comes back to that. But, yeah, I mean, you know, definitely talk to them picking them up not so much from these things. They're used to being stuck in the ground, so they actually get a little stressed out when you pick him up. There's nothing wrong with like touching the lead. They're like saying positive things to him. Okay, So you're about to hire somebody. And you're going to keep growing this thing and then what's next? We franchise it What town we hit next. What are we doing? Oh, man. I have absolutely no idea what the next step is. For All of this. Chicago has been pretty demanding and we've walked away a large population. I think the next generation of this whole thing is sorting out deliveries. Um, that's one of the biggest things. Trying to deal with right now is how to approach that situation because there's a lot of people who don't have access to vehicles. I myself don't even have a vehicle after like rent cars in order to do all this and rely on the distributors to come to me. So I really want to get to people who don't have access to a car. I don't like limiting my plants still like on ly people have certain resource is that feels very classes, and that's not what I'm about it all I try to try my plans accordingly and might be fair about it so that everybody can get things and, you know, like often times just like plants to people for free agents, because, like I appreciate that, But the person I like their situations. It's pretty common for people to message me. It will be like I want this thing, but I don't have a ton of money like we work something out. I'm always open to trade, too. If people want to do that, like there's a lot of people who don't have jobs right now who have skills that And like, Yeah, we have skills so they can trade so I'm totally down to do that, too, for the next generation is figuring out of delivery system. I'm gonna have to get a warehouse to toe hold all these Crazy to me, you know? Yeah, I think I'm gonna be acting. It's something in between. Like, Ah, wholesale and retail operation like I'm bringing all these things into the city and finding a central location so that people can come almost like a Costco. I guess like I'm not really a huge fan of places like that. But that's about the best model that I can come up with is like pseudo wholesale. Well, unfortunately, Marcus, I believe there's going to be a lot of commercial retail space available, and so it's It's a good time you're getting into that business if that business is booming right now, good for you and You know, Hopefully you'll start employing other people and and keep girl in this thing, And, you know, we all gotta find our ways to take the positive of everything that's been thrown at us. And you've certainly done a good job of that on building this thing up and very exciting. Congratulations. Yeah, thank you. I really appreciate it. Like a said that. All this was going on, and I've managed to make something positive out of it. It's been like very exciting but also like I have to, like, show appreciation. Everybody is buying from me to you. This has been coming out of nowhere, like people are sacrificing. And giving up their money, even if they don't have that much to, like, help support me, And I really, really appreciate that, so hopefully I can get back to other people in some capacity in the future. Well, it sounds like you are the succulent city dot com is the Web site You can peruse everything you can order directly from Marcus there. Marcus Kirby, the owner of the guy that's making something out of house plants and very exciting. I'm very happy for you, Marcus. Thank you so much for jumping on the phone with us. Yeah, For sure. Thank you. I really really appreciate it. If this is a very interesting story, Dr David Meyer is a retired anesthesiologist, CEO of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. He's walking to every major league baseball park and spring training field. Are you tired? Doctor? Good morning by first, Let me say it's a matter to be on your program this morning. Yeah, I do get tired after some of these longer walks. I told my wife when I started this, I was thinking about doing it. The first thing she said, are you crazy, But, uh, it's worked very well and like manner to share what I'm doing and what others are doing across the country along with May Neer Ah, you worked as a cardiac anesthesiologist, So hopefully you're taking your pulse a lot as you're walking and tell us Tell us why you're doing this. And what you're hoping to accomplish, But I'm tryingto raise awareness about preventable medical harm. I think people in fact, we know we we've done a number of polling surveys and things. Don't think the public understands that preventable medical harm is the third leading cause of death. In the United States behind cancer and heart disease, and that's not only preventable death of patients, but equally important, preventable deaths.

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"marcus kirby" Discussed on WGN Radio

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06:29 min | 2 years ago

"marcus kirby" Discussed on WGN Radio

"When we'll say good morning to orient Samuelson. You know, we've been talking a ton about the pandemic over the last six months. We're all sick of it. We're all tired of it were also living through it. There are some bright spots in things and a lot of times with this. It's about seizing the opportunity figuring out where the opportunities are. And sometimes taking a leap of faith Exhibit A. Marcus Kirby had kind of what's described in Black Club Chicago's article about him as a side hustle the succulent city. He turned it into something much bigger than that. He joins us on the phone right now. Hey, Marcus, how are you? Hey doing well, How you doing? Good mark. The the succulent city was an online house plant business, it's explained as what is an online house plant business. Well, they brought in that. So you know initially, basically, I started the whole thing back in 2015, and primarily, I was selling online at that point, so Move back into this has an unfamiliar with me. Over the years, I've gone to a few different generations with the whole thing. So last year, I was primarily doing markets and festivals. And I was expecting to continue doing that. But around like February or so I started seeing some articles and information about Corona virus coming from other countries. Kind of a person who likes is generally a little bit anxious about medical related things, because I bad mom just like, OK, interesting. What's gonna happen with this? So I started seeing trickles of the effects of this, maybe in late marchers. So where the event that I was going to be participating in started canceling It was around that time. That kind of a preemptive manor, right? Suppose that I opted to begin selling things on mine. Like I said, I was mostly doing succulents cactus. I at that point But I've had houseplants and I've sold them. So I started attempting to sell house plants, and the response was really positive and overwhelming, actually, and each month it's just consistently grown. Tio where currently I think this month. I wouldn't be surprised if I'm going to end up doing about 16 18,000 sales where 15 was kind of the Max. In July. Um You know, it's like a very surreal thing. I expected at some point that it would sort of decline and that things would hit some sort of stable. I number but they just keep growing to the point where I'm now considering hiring an employee. So it's somebody who was working as a server. And working. You know, we're not making really that much to have now ended up getting my own business doing this and like ending up doing it full time, which is a huge change for me, and I really appreciate all the support everyone's given. It's just it blows my mind that this is actually happening. I'm sure so explain to me again Two years ago, when you were doing this just sort of on the side, you're basically growing houseplants and then telling people Hey, you need a house plant. You should buy this house plant from me. So to clarify, so I have. I was growing succulents cactus. I like I've always been growing those, um and I hybridized steps as well, who actually make my own like picking the Paul and and I'm like putting it on the other. The majority of these are purchased wholesale, So I'm essentially reselling these, um but also you have intentions of like. I mean, I propagate things, too, so you can take a plan and then you could take cuttings or make divisions from the roots. And you can propagate it that way, so they multiply. And that's one of the interesting things about plans. Like any plan. In general, they kind of grow at an exponential rate. From a business perspective. I can't think of another product or item that Replicates itself exponentially. So I mean, I love plants. I mean, I've been doing that for a while. Like I said, So. To me. It just seems like the perfect item to be selling and the culmination a lot of my ideology and interest in life. I'm happy of actively be doing something that I'm passionate about. But, yeah, I mean, I resell these and I grow them out, too. So I mean, I always have things growing and well, so I tend to keep a few to myself among them grow out, and then I'll do division and cutting them. What Not is fascinating to me because I have someone who said, Here's my idea. We're going to sell House plans. I would have said. What's the demand for house plants? Are people really buying houseplants? But people are really buying houseplants and succulents in these things, people there is that pandemic driven is because people are home and they want to breathe and feel the oxygen or have somebody to talk to or something to talk to, Or was this just an untapped market that nobody really realized? Was there. Um, So that's an interesting question. I mean, the demand for it has always been there. I think Instagram has had a huge impact and influence on that in the last few years. Especially, you know, like I'm 34. So I think a lot of millennials and other people my age kind of Being stuck in this weird state of around a time when they should be starting families, but not really having the money to do it. People want to nurture things and people wanna grow things. I think that's just like some sort of like human aspiration. Um, so instead of like having kids were like having plants and animals, Um, but, you know, Specifically in April and May. Even I think there's a lot of concern about what was going to happen with all this because I remember being articles about Holland and issues with like Throwing out millions of tulips because nobody was buying them. And even around Easter time nobody was buying lilies. So these Indicators that the industry had based on We're not looking good, but around May everything just changed. I mean, the distributors that I go to have that conversation with them, and they're like, you know, we've been in the business for 25 plus years. We've never seen anything like this, and I knew that people were going to be home. Or I kind of expected that the lock down would be more intense than it actually was. And you know, I'm expecting we're going to go back into it again. So Yeah, I thought my field's going to go down, but it's gonna go back up. But people are at home or I mean people have do meetings. They need things in the background. But they also need things to look at. And You know, there's just so much chaos going on right now. I mean, there's like social upheaval, and there's a lot of concern about economics and politics and what's going on with the election that I think people are trying to create some sort of like Curated safe space in their home and not like a face like a snowflake type thing. But just like you want to feel comfortable where you are.

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"marcus kirby" Discussed on WGN Radio

WGN Radio

02:23 min | 2 years ago

"marcus kirby" Discussed on WGN Radio

"Um, so I really want to get to people who don't have access to a car. Um, I don't like limiting my plants Still like on Ly people have certain resources that feels Very classes, and that's not what I'm about it all I tryto try my plans accordingly. And Mike be fair about it so that everybody can get things and, you know, like, oftentimes, just like plants to people for free agents, because, like I appreciate that, But the person I like their situation. It's pretty common for people to message me will be like I want this thing, but I don't have a ton of money like we work something out. I'm always open to trade, too. If people want to do that, like there's a lot of people who don't have jobs right now. You have skills that And like, Yeah, we have skills so they can trade so I'm totally down to do that, too, for the next generation is figuring out a delivery system. I'm gonna have to get a warehouse to toe hold all these Crazy to me, you know? Yeah, I think I'm gonna be acting. It's something in between. Like, Ah, wholesale and retail operation. Like I'm bringing all these things into the city and finding a central location so that people can come almost like a Costco. I guess. I'm not really a huge fan of places like that. But that's about the best model that I can come up with is like pseudo wholesale. Well, unfortunately, Marcus, I believe there's going to be a lot of commercial retail space available, and so it's It's a good time you're getting into that business if that business is booming right now, good for you and You know, Hopefully you'll start employing other people and keep girl in this thing. And, you know, we all gotta find our ways to take the positive of everything that's been thrown at us. And you've certainly done a good job of that on building this thing up and very exciting. Congratulations. Yeah, thank you. I really appreciate it. Like I said that. All this was going on, and I've managed to make something positive out of it. It's been like very exciting but also like I have to, like, show appreciation. Everybody is buying from me to you. This has been coming out of nowhere, like people are sacrificing. And giving up their money, even if they don't have that much to, like, help support me, And I really, really appreciate that, so hopefully I can get back to other people in some capacity in the future. Well, it sounds like you are the succulent city dot com is the Web site You can peruse everything you can order directly from Marcus there. Marcus Kirby, the owner of the guy that's making something out of house plants and very exciting. I'm very happy for you, Marcus. Thank you so much for jumping on the phone with us. Yeah, For sure. Thank you. I really, really appreciate it. Marijuana CBD.

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"marcus kirby" Discussed on WGN Radio

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06:40 min | 2 years ago

"marcus kirby" Discussed on WGN Radio

"7 20 WG and map mobile with you until five. When we'll say good morning to orient Samuelson. You know, we've been talking a ton about the pandemic over the last six months. We're all sick of it. We're all tired of it were all still living through it. There are some bright spots in things and a lot of times with this. It's about seizing the opportunity figuring out where the opportunities are. And sometimes taking a leap of faith Exhibit A. Marcus Kirby had kind of what's described in Black Club Chicago's article about him as a side hustle the succulent city. He turned it into something much bigger than that. He joins us on the phone right now. Hey, Marcus, how are you? Hey doing well, How you doing? Good mark. The the succulent city was an online house plant business, it's explained as what is an online house plant business. Well, they brought in that. So you know initially, basically, I started the whole thing back in 2015 and primarily, I was selling online at that point, so Move back into this is an unfamiliar with me. Over the years, I've gone to a few different generations with the whole thing. So last year, I was primarily doing markets and festival. And I was expecting to continue doing that. But around like February or so I started seeing some articles and information about Corona virus coming from other countries. Kind of a person who likes is generally a little bit anxious about medical related things, because I bad mom just like, OK, interesting. What's gonna happen with this? So I started seeing trickles of the effects of this, maybe in late March. So where the event that I was going to be participating in started canceling It was around that time. That kind of a preemptive manor, right? Suppose that I opted to begin selling things on mine. Like I said, I was mostly doing succulents cactus. I at that point But I've had houseplants and I've sold them. So I started attempting to sell house plants, and the response was really positive and overwhelming, actually, and each month it's just consistently grown to where currently, I think this month. I wouldn't be surprised if I'm going to end up doing about 16 18,000 sales where it's 15 was kind of the Max. In July. Um You know, it's like a very surreal thing. I expected at some point that it would sort of decline and that things would hit some sort of stabilizer number, But they just keep growing to the point where I'm now considering hiring an employee. So it's somebody who was working as a server. And working. You know, we're not making really that much to have now ended up getting my own business doing this and like ending up doing it full time, which is a huge change for me, and I really appreciate all the support everyone's given. It's just it blows my mind that this is actually happening. I'm sure so explain to me again Two years ago, when you were doing this just sort of on the side, you're basically growing houseplants and then telling people Hey, you need a house plant. You should buy this house plant from me. So to clarify, so I have. I was growing succulents cactus. I like I've always been growing those, um and I hybridized steps as well to actually make my own like picking the Paul and and I'm like putting it on the other. The majority of these are purchased wholesale. So I'm essentially reselling the, um but also you have intentions of like. I mean, I propagate things, too, so you can take a plan and then you could take cuttings or make divisions from the roots. And you can propagate it that way, so they multiply. And that's one of the interesting things about plans. Like any plan in general, they kind of grow at an exponential rate from a business perspective. I can't think of another product or item that replicates itself exponentially. So I mean, I love plants. I mean, I've been doing this for a while. Like I said, so, to me, it just seems like the perfect Guide them to be selling and the culmination a lot of my ideology and interest in life and unhappy and actively be doing something that I'm passionate about. But, yeah, I mean, I resell these and I grow them out, too. So I mean, I was I always have things growing and well, so I tend to keep a few to myself among them grow out, and then I'll do division and cutting and whatnot. It's fascinating to me because I have someone who said, Here's my idea. We're going to sell House plans. I would have said. What's the demand for house plants? Are people really buying houseplants? But people are really buying houseplants and succulents in these things, people there is that pandemic driven is because people are home and they want to breathe and feel the oxygen or have somebody to talk to or something to talk to, Or was this just an untapped market that nobody really realized? Was there. Um, So that's an interesting question. I mean, the demand for it has always been there. I think Instagram has had a huge impact and influence on that in the last few years. Especially, you know, like I'm 34. So I think a lot of millennials and other people my age kind of Being stuck in this weird state of around a time when they should be starting families, but not really having the money to do it. People want to nurture things and people wanna grow things. I think that's just like some sort of like human aspiration. Um, so instead of like having kids were like having plants and animals, Um, but, you know, Specifically in April and May. Even I think there's a lot of concern about what was going to happen with all this because I remember being articles about Holland and issues with like Throwing out millions of tulips because nobody was buying them. And even around Easter time nobody was buying lilies. So these Indicators that the industry had based on We're not looking good, but around May everything just changed. I mean, the distributors that I go to have that conversation with them, and they're like, you know, we've been in the business for 25 plus years. We've never seen anything like this, and I knew that people were going to be home or I kind of expected with lock down would be more intense than it actually was. And you know, I'm expecting we're going to go back into it again. So Yeah, I thought my field's going to go down but probably gonna go back up. But people are at home or I mean people have do meetings. They need things in the background. But they also need things to look at. And You know, there's just so much chaos going on right now. I mean, there's like social upheaval, and there's a lot of concern about economics and politics and what's going on with the election that I think people are trying to create some sort of like Curated safe space in their home and not like a face like a snowflake type thing. But just like you want to feel comfortable where you are like, if everything externally is not going great. This is one place You can create tranquility..

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