Let the Sun Shine: The Grow Store trips the light fantastic
By Robert Downes
If Paul Watson has a pair of green thumbs, its because he spent 31 years as a commercial indoor grower, raising basil under artificial lights in Benzie County for local restaurants.
Indoor growing is a lot of fun, he says. My passion for this started out with plugging in my first light bulb in 1980.
Today, Pauls thumbs are getting even greener from a crop of dollars provided by customers at The Grow Store he owns with his wife Kim. At times, as many as 20-30 customers pack the store near Chums Corners, south of Traverse City, seeking high-quality equipment for indoor growing, as well as the Watsons advice.
We are as surprised as anyone by our success, he says of the business which got its start in April of 2009. Weve got a huge amount of inventory as well as the knowledge to share about indoor growing.
In fact, things are going so well that the Watsons plan to open a new 10,000-square-foot showroom and warehouse in mid December a half-mile down the road. In addition to a wealth of organic gardening materials and lighting equipment (which are literally stacked to the ceiling in the present store), the new location will offer displays of growing plants, with both hydroponic and soil-based systems for the enlightenment of customers.