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In business, as in life, nothing much ever seems to stay the same. Now a familiar business is replaced by a new one...

RITA A. LEONARD - The new SymbiOp Garden Shop at 3454 S.E. Powell Boulevard replaces Naomis Farm Supply at that location.Gardeners who mourned the loss of Naomi's Farm Supply Store at 3454 S.E. Powell Boulevard will be pleased to learn that a new "ecological garden shop" – "SymbiOp", a worker-owned company – will be the new tenant in that space just west of DeNicola's Italian Restaurant. SymbiOp Garden Shop, which opened on October 1, aims to be a one-stop shop for all ecological gardeners and homesteaders.

Recent murals along all the outside walls give a hint of the sort of things the shop will concentrate on. From mushrooms, morels, and ferns on the east side – to flowers, a ladybug, a hummingbird, and a watering can on the west side – SymbiOp will focus on plants and critters in your garden. The mural along the north side of the building features a robin and a blue-jay, as well as acorns, flowers, and blueberries, indicating the wildlife that will enjoy your ecological provender.

SymbiOp spokesman J. T. Yu tells THE BEE, "The shop is a natural extension of our ecological landscaping business. We want to use our expertise to make ecological gardening even more accessible to the greater community. We'll have native and edible plants, house plants, seeds, chicken and duck food, soil, and compost. We'll also have garden tools and clothing, local arts and gifts, workshops and classes, and much more.

It's a worker-owned company, run by a variety of employees and working-class families. The shop offers plenty of parking, and is open daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Learn more online – gardenshop.symbiop.com


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