For Cassidy Meredith, a love of succulents bloomed just as she found herself falling in love with her future husband, Andrew.
When the pair were dating, Andrew took Cassidy to his hometown in Huntington Beach, California.
“I couldn’t help but obsess over all the succulents that were everywhere,” says Cassidy, a full-time chiropractor.
Fast forward to 2017 and Cassidy’s bachelorette party where the group created their own terrariums, and the love sparked a business concept.
“My head just started spinning with a multitude of ideas,” Cassidy says. “What if we created a plant-bar, and a ‘bar-bar’ with drinks, artisan gifts and products to help support other small businesses — a one-stop shop where people could come in and plant any time, all while sipping on rosé.”
Andrew, an entrepreneur and former landscape company owner, was skeptical at first.
“Cassidy was initially known to be a plant killer,” Andrew says. “When she came to me with the idea, I thought, ‘You have got to be kidding.’”
Yet Cassidy persisted, and nearly four years later the business has grown from a mobile plant retailer to a successful brick-and-mortar storefront aptly named the Succulent Shop.
“We are still in shock that even during a pandemic, people are so excited about plants,” Cassidy says.
True to Cassidy’s vision, the store offers everything from a hands-on planting experience complete with “plant coaches” to DIY workshops featuring guest vendors teaching crafts such as pottery, macrame and tie dye.
While the main level of the store is dedicated to merchandise, including plants, gardening tools and gifts, the upstairs loft area features tables that can be reserved for creating your own arrangement. The space also can be rented for private parties and features a full bar.
The Merediths are proud to source the store’s houseplants primarily from Oklahoma nurseries; the succulents are from various suppliers on the West Coast, and tropical plants from the East Coast.
Cassidy says the main goal is to create an experience for people. “When people walk into our store, we want them to feel something … a combination of happiness, creativity and love all in one place.”
The Succulent Shop
319 S. Main St., Broken Arrow
918-200-2827 | thesucculentshopba.com
10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday