Signature libations and coffee cocktails named Okinawa Vibes or the Giddy-up were served while a lush gathering of hanging begonias and potted fiddle leaf figs created a mood set to hip music. That was the tone Tuesday night for the grand opening of Greenhouse Plant Bar, which, as its name suggests, is a coffeehouse, bar, and plant store all in one.
Located on the first floor of 200 Brooklyn on Riverside Avenue, this is the first brick-and-mortar venture for co-owners Jennifer Ness and Laura Henry.
“We knew we wanted to be in Riverside,” Ness said. “Locations on Herschel and in Five Points fell through, and we finally found this location, which was a dirt floor. We signed a lease, poured concrete in March, and designed from the ground up. September was the scheduled opening, but electrical and A/C delays moved us out to this month.”
Ness said the pandemic helped catapult the plant business. The diverse greenery transforms environments and makes spaces homey and inviting. Also, people were spending more time inside and wanted to be comfortable. The addition of coffee to their business platform is new, but the couple said it was a financial must-have.
“Our desire was to have an atmosphere that is all-inclusive and represents our grit, grind, and hustle as women,” Ness said. “As artisans, we were already in the mobile plant business and had a solid presence and following. Plus, plants had always been a part of my life growing up. I am a keeper of plants with a green thumb and owned a greenhouse on personal property.”
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