We were recently asked to write a blog post on a local business selected by Local First Chicago and Chicago Black Business Network. Local First Chicago is a network of locally owned, independent
businesses and community organizations joined together to keep money and character in our neighborhoods
and build a thriving local living economy. In doing so,
they hope to promote the overall social, economic,
and environmental health of our economy and
communities and Chicago Black Business Network
(CBBN) exists to initiate a grassroots business-to-business service designed to assist the individual business
owner in his/her efforts to reach the next level of service and growth in the market place.
While they had a business in mind we also made recommendations, the purpose was to highlight general interest businesses that typically do not get TV/Radio exposure. Our recommendation was selected which was submitted by JP.
Here is the blog post on the Local First Site.
Williams Hydro Plants has been a fixture on 79th Street for the last 35 years. Owner Charles Williams has long had a passion for gardening and landscaping. He believed there would be no better place to start his new business than in the same neighborhood where he and his family lived. So in October of 1977, Charles and his wife Belinda opened Williams Hydro Plants in the Chatham community, of the South Side of Chicago.
The store offers the novice, weekend warrior and professional gardener a large selection of fertilizers, starter plants, house plants, fruit and vegetable seeds and sod. Residents in the Chatham community take great pride in their lawns, and the William’s offer a variety of grass seed and accessories to keep those lawns looking green and luscious.
Have a brown thumb? Don’t have time to do it yourself? Have the most embarrassing yard on the block? Let Williams Hydro Plants design and complete a professional landscaped yard with plants, shrubbery and grass.
Where does the Hydroplant come into play? The store offers a full line of hydroponic gardening equipment and supplies. Hydroponic gardening is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water, without soil. Hydroponic gardening has recently become popular as a number of grocery stores are now offering hydroponically grown produce, and when the First Lady, Michelle Obama, began endorsing this method of gardening.At Williams Hydro Plants, gardening isn’t just for spring and summer but is a year-round hobby. For the holiday season, Charles offers a Christmas tree yard with trees of all sizes and varieties, as well as, holiday poinsettias and cacti.
If you have a question about indoor or outdoor plants, what types of sod to use or if you are looking to get into hydroponics, stop by Williams Hydro Plants and Charles and Belinda will be more than happy to assist you!
- Williams Hydro Plants
- 311 E. 79th Street in Chicago
Please share your experience with Willams Hydro Plants and are there any other businesses you would like to see spotlighted.