This stylist turned her hair salon into a plant store during the pandemic – and now she’s giving away free plants!
FLOSSMOOR, Ill. — TJ Johnson is a hairstylist based in the Chicago suburb of Flossmoor. The mother-of-three says once the pandemic hit her hair salon, she had to find a new source of income.
“I was already a plant nut and thought of a way to make some extra cash,” Johnson said. “So I started a website, and then it kind of morphed into what we have here today.”
Now Johnson owns Herbs and the Burbs, a herbal store in the southern suburbs of Chicago.
“Herbs and the Burbs is a community,” Johnson said. “Herbs and the Burbs is my passion project. Herbs and the Burbs is my personal small contribution to people’s mental health.”
Every weekend, Johnson hosts “Free Plant Saturday,” an event where she hands out free plants and teaches her customers how to care for those herbs. The entrepreneur said this has significantly increased his customer base.
“I have several regular factory customers, repeat customers. They go from customer to customer, to family,” Johnson said.
You can learn more about https://herbsandtheburbs.com/.