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Pandemic inspires Minneapolis hair salon to open store for indoor plant lovers

Curly Power Salon transformed one of its locations into Here We Grow Plants.

A hair salon that specializes in curly hair has turned one of its storefronts into a place for plants in hopes of bringing people joy. 

Curl Power Salon, which has two Minneapolis locations, has turned its 8 E Franklin Ave. into Here We Grow Plants, a "potted plant and urban farm supply emporium," after realizing it didn't make much sense to operate two curly hair-specific salons amid a pandemic, a news release from the company says.

The store is a "local clearinghouse for plant knowledge, creativity, cross-pollination and good vibes" that offers an "entry point into strengthening everyone's green thumb," a release says.

It also serves as an opportunity for local artists, artisans and craftspeople to sell their creations and share their skills.

Curl Power Salon started envisioning the plant co-op while its salons were shut down from March-June due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During that time, the salon was "frantically" applying for stop-gap funding and rescheduling appointments, all the while their indoor potted plants kept them "grounded" in March, the release explains.

Planting kept them going for weeks to come, and then as they were preparing to reopen the Franklin Avenue store, George Floyd died during his arrest by police.

"Our gratitude for having a healthy standing business was greatly overshadowed by our dismay which added fuel to our efforts to work intersectionality with more of our community," the company said, noting they wondered what to do with the Franklin Avenue store that remained closed. 

While it didn't make sense to have two salons open during a pandemic (the other is at 5015 Ewing Ave. S.), their customers implored them to open something at the Franklin corner, and Here We Grow Plants was born. 

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"When COVID hit and I spent 13 weeks looking at the inside of my house I realized that the my little green friends were a huge part of my feeling good day to day. I would go to the salons and water the plants as an excuse to leave the house. Plants sustain us as we sustain them. And that’s just scratching the surface. There is endless wisdom and fun to be had by delving into the world of plants," Rosie of Curl Power Salon and Here We Grow Plants wrote on the store website.  

The plant store is celebrating an extended grand opening throughout the month of October with "newborn plant babes in cute little containers," as well as treats, tips and tricks for plant lovers. 

The store is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Sundays. 

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