Eric Hillegass has noticed that people have been going greener since the pandemic hit.
A co-owner of Bespoke Home + Life in Collingswood, Hillegass along with his husband Patrick Bartscherer, had their storefront shutdown for months like other “non-essential” retail businesses in the state, but were able to sell their products online.
Bespoke’s business somehow boomed.
“Since people are home, they want to feel better about being home,” said Hillegass, whose business is described as a maker-motivated home décor and houseplant boutique. “They’re adding green and they’re bringing stuff into their home now more than ever.
“We switched to online selling since we couldn’t have our brick and mortar location open. We didn’t really know what to expect. We have actually exceeded most of our goals, what we would’ve been making if we were physically open during this time.”
Nurseries and garden centers throughout the state were deemed essential and remained open. However, on June 15, the state entered Phase 2 of its reopening plan allowing for outdoor dining and limited in-person retail.