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Brandon Rogers: Business owners Moses and Ann Karam share warmth and friendliness with customers

As I was leaving Leach Botanical Garden on March 27, I decided to turn left on Southeast 122nd Avenue and take an impromptu drive to explore the area. I wound up at Happy Valley Nursery and decided to stop by and look at the plants.

I was greeted by Moses and Ann Karam, the owners and operators of the nursery. Ann and I started talking, and I learned that she and her husband are immigrants, who settled on the site nearly 40 years ago, and they built their little nursery together from scratch. Today they are parents and grandparents. We talked about family, business and Ann's worries about people in the Ukraine.

I bought a few plants and said goodbye, and as I was driving away I found that I was smiling; Ann had warmed my heart and left me feeling so happy on this sunny Sunday afternoon. The smile stayed with me all day; it was caused by the warmth and friendliness that Ann and Moses had shared with me.

Ann had mentioned that there was a long stretch of road construction in front of their nursery, and combined with the pandemic, business had suffered greatly. She mentioned that they are hoping this year is better, and I know that people will love the setting and meeting the Karams. They bring the "Happy" to Happy Valley.

Brandon Rogers

Portland


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