New local lavender business opens on Saturday
Since August 2020, the Hoene farm has undergone a transformation.
Tom Hoene transformed part of a smokehouse into a closed store for his wife, Tina, in order to sell fresh, dry lavender and other lavender products.
He also siding their house and created a greenhouse for Tina to work on the plants in the winter.
On Saturday, they can showcase all of that work when The Little Lavender Place LLC officially opens at 10522 N. County Road 300E, Seymour.
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the boutique will be open and will offer homemade lavender products, including lavender-infused olive and balsamic oils, coffees, teas, beard oil and wax, and men’s shaving products, lip balm, body spray, lotions, candles, jars, greeting cards and T-shirts.
Tina is also hoping to have some fresh and dry lavender available, local vendors Jalapeno’s Grill and Lot Hill Dairy Farm will be on hand and there will be a raffle for a basket full of lavender products.
“I hope he’s ready,” Tina said of the lavender. “I probably won’t know until the day of. You have to get it at the right time. It depends on the weather. The rain was good, but it also needs sun.
Regular hours for Little Lavender Place will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Tina said having her own store has been a goal for some time. In 2008 she started with plants and product manufacturing.
“Empty nest syndrome, all of my kids had left home and I needed something to do,” she said. “Obviously, flowers are my passion. This is where it started.
In 2015, a year after she and Tom moved into their house, they planted plants in the ground.
“It’s trial and error, and they grew from there,” Tina said. “Sometimes you don’t know which varieties grow here and which don’t.”
Tom said they found the clay soil in the area unsuitable for lavender, so they brought in several three-axle trucks of sandy soil to mix with.
“Lavender is a Mediterranean plant. That’s where he’s from, so he doesn’t like having wet feet, ”Tina said. “You have to have good drainage. “
She sold products to her family and friends and then put them up for sale in a Columbus store.
“You didn’t really think there would be a market for this, but there is,” Tina said. “People’s interest is way bigger than you think. When the cool is out, that’s what they want.
Lavender, however, has a short season.
“It’s June and July,” Tina said. “You’re going to get your bigger cuttings like right now, and probably when I’m open I’ll be over there cutting because it’s almost ready.” Then you could get a second cut, but I’m saving it for the bees. “
Last season people constantly called her about Fresh Lavender, which includes Provence, Phenomenal, Sensational, and Melissa.
“We didn’t have a store or anything that they could come to that was open to the public,” she said.
It was then that Tom set to work to make Tina’s dream come true.
“I took off the front of the smokehouse and I had a three-car carport, and she wanted a store that I closed and poured concrete,” Tom said. “Most of the wood was from that wood (behind their house) from dead poplars, so we reused it. Poplar does not make good firewood. It burns too fast, so we were able to recover a lot of it. “
Tina likes how it went.
“The more rustic and old it looks, the more I like it,” she said. “It’s kind of the look that we love.”
Tom retired from the Seymour Fire Department and Tina quit her job at Schneck Medical Center in January to focus on building a lavender business.
“It’s been going on and on,” she said. “It’s a full time project. There is no way I can work and do this at the same time.
Although starting a business created some fear and was a bit overwhelming, Tina said she was fortunate enough to be a member of the US Lavender Growers Association because she was able to make connections all over the place. country.
Last year, she sold lavender to a woman in Iowa who was about to open her shop but didn’t have any lavender.
“They are just a walking encyclopedia of knowledge,” Tina said of the other members of the association.
“For a very long time, I couldn’t make my candles well. I just didn’t have that scent, ”she said. “I contacted a man in Pennsylvania, and he makes lavender candles for all of these farms. We worked back and forth, and finally he said to me, “Your wicks were too small. They don’t burn hot enough.
Her connections have also enabled her to be a distributor of lavender products for sale in her shop.
In addition to continuing to grow lavender, the Hoenes are hoping to get honey from a beehive, Brian Hessong, owner of the Horselick Creek apiary, placed on their property to make lavender honey, and they want to have a choice option for the sunflowers they currently grow.
“I hope I can continue to develop lavender,” Tina said. “We hope for the best. “
If you are going to
What: The Little Lavender Place LLC opens to the public
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (normal hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday)
Where: 10522 N. County Road 300E, Seymour
Who: Tina Hoene is the owner
Details: The retail store will be open to sell homemade lavender products, local food vendors Jalapeno’s Grill and Lot Hill Dairy Farm will be on-site and there will be a raffle for a basket full of products from lavender
Information: Call 619-851-5143, visit thelittlelavenderplace.com or facebook.com/The-Little-Lavender-Place-LLC-100312268807338 or email email@example.com