We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaye Gipson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jaye, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Honestly it was simply being able to spend my days doing something that I love that brings me and others joy

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I love the business that I am creating. I started my business online in September 2020 so the world was a little different then of course, so I mainly did mail orders and deliveries.

I built my business off a personal “plantstagram” page I created to share my personal plant collection.

But I recently was chosen to rent a retail location in a shipping container market called Boxville here on the south side of Chicago & I am loving getting to interact with so many different people.

The main challenge that I currently face is letting folks know that I have this new space but it’s a challenge that I embrace because it’s forcing me to be strategic about things like marketing and advertising.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am obsessed with the beach so I would definitely take them to my favorite beach, which is the one at 57th St. and we would bike along the lakefront.

We would grab food from my favorite vegan spots, Green V’Stro (owned by my wife), Soul Veg and Plant Based Junkie.

We would hit up my favorite farmers markets like the ones in Englewood (58th & Halsted) or the Hyde Park/Woodlawn market on 61st Street.

And a visit to the DuSable Museum is required. Pre pandemic I was studying to be a docent there and it is rich in Black history & culture.

I would take them to the Hyde Park Records record store on 53rd street. I love vinyl and you can find that & more there.

And speaking of vinyl, there’s a new summer market in Englewood called Vinyls & Vittles that takes place once a month that is a must visit.

And of course I would bring them to Boxville where my shop is to support other Black owned businesses.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to daughter & my wife. They both always step in to fill in the gaps when things get challenging and I have to accept that I am as I always joke “only one girl”.
Website: https://blackplantlovers.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blackplantlovers

Twitter: https://twitter.com/blckplantlovers

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackplantlovers

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