Ohio Business Spotlight - May 2022
As the flowers start to bloom, the days get longer, and the weather gets a little warmer, Ohioans look to home and garden entrepreneurs for help in beautifying their yards and communities. Whether you need a new back patio, some lawn care equipment, fertilizer, or an innovative solution for keeping leaves out of your rain gutters, these six businesses have your back. Some of these businesses have been around for several generations and have been helping Ohioans get their homes ready for summer. “There’s something so rewarding about gathering the family together on a Saturday morning and working on the yard,” said LaRose. “Ohio is fortunate to have creative and hardworking entrepreneurs that provide the resources, and the services Ohioans need to brighten up their spring.”
Greg Feasel and his wife Joyce bought the Garden Center facility back in 2009. Before owning the shop, they owned a landscaping business for 12 years. When the opportunity arose to purchase the Garden Center facility, they aggressively pursued it, as they saw the potential of the property. Over their 14 years of ownership, they’ve continued to upgrade the center to make it more customer friendly. As the garden business has evolved over the years, Feasel’s Garden Center has gone from selling just traditional garden equipment and flowers to also selling novelty items, accessories, and even wine and craft beer! Their most recent addition was to open Gregor’s Restaurant inside the Garden Center. Customers have the option to take a break from their garden shopping and enjoy a meal or a glass of wine. Greg said that spring is always the busiest time of year at the Garden Center. Recently, Feasel’s Garden Center and Gregor’s Restaurant held a fundraiser for the Ukrainian Crisis where they were able to raise $2,500. They also have done fundraisers for the Humane Society and have been involved with Susan G. Komen Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and other local philanthropies.
Scotts Miracle-Gro is one of Ohio’s deeply rooted businesses, dating back to 1868. Civil War veteran Orlando Mclean Scott started his business in his hometown of Marysville. The original store sold a variety of items including weed-free seeds, grass, flower seeds, and more. This business has continued to grow and reach more customers across the state, and now in 2022, it reaches the entire country! Today, Scotts Miracle-Gro has thousands of products ranging from Lawn Care to Gardening, to Hydroponics to Pest and weed control. Scotts Miracle-Gro is heavily involved in the Union County community and across the state. In particular, they help educate children and families on the importance of taking care of your outdoor community. Scotts Miracle-Gro also partners with the No Kid Hungry organization, the National Farm to School Network, the National Head Start Foundation, the Kids Gardening Organization, and Franklin Park Conservatory.
The Raines family has been involved in production agriculture for generations. Todd Raines and his brother Greg are the fifth generation to own and operate the Raines farm. The farm started out by raising row crops, livestock, and tobacco. What started as a small greenhouse has now grown to six acres of growing space. Today, Raines Farms raises a wide variety of annuals, including hanging baskets, flats, patio planters, and a large assortment of perennials. The Raines Farm primarily serves as a wholesale supplier for landscapers, independent garden centers, and other small businesses within 150 miles of Adams County. Raines Farms tries to remain actively involved in the Seaman community where they educate 4-H clubs, schools, and other leadership groups about the agriculture and horticulture industries. They also work with schools and other youth organizations on fundraising efforts and donating flowers for the beautification of Adams County fairgrounds, community parks, and other local areas.
The Black Barn started back in 1972 primarily as a large vegetable operation, featuring several popular farmers’ market items. Over time, the spring greenhouse business started to grow and expand. Current owner Roy Maccutcheon used to work at The Black Barn in the eighties when he was in high school and part-time in college. After Roy graduated college in 1988, he worked for a corn and soybean company before purchasing The Black Barn in 1994. Under his ownership, he continued the fruit and vegetable operation and emphasized the production of flowering annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, and vegetable plants, which is what makes the Black Barn so unique. As the seasons rotate, so does their produce and business. Products range from spring flowers to summer vegetables, then fall pumpkins and winter poinsettias. Roy is from Lebanon originally, so owning and operating The Black Barn is very special to him. The Black Barn is heavily involved with its community. They host several fundraisers for local schools, churches, and other civic engagement groups in Lebanon. Most recently, The Black Barn donated and planted flowers for several cities and Warren County parks. Roy is an active member of the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Lebanon Organization.
LeafFilter Gutter Protection, a company of Leaf Home, was founded by Matt Kaulig in his Northeast Ohio home in 2005. LeafFilter is the largest gutter protection solutions company in the world. Their solutions fit all styles of gutters and consist of a micromesh interior and uPVC frame to optimize debris repellence and weather resistance. LeafFilter aims to have a positive impact in the communities where they live and work by contributing and giving back in a variety of ways. They are a proud supporter of the Lebron James Family Foundation’s I PROMISE School as well as the veteran community.
Ken Stoller had a long-time dream of opening a lawn and garden business, and in 1997 he realized that dream when he opened Stoller Lawn and Garden. Today, Stoller Lawn and Garden provides outdoor power equipment, parts, and other services to the Orrville community. Recently, Stoller Lawn and Garden’s retail shop burned down. However, with support from his family and the Orrville community, Stoller Lawn & Garden has been able to continue operations and will come back stronger than ever.