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Local business offers nifty and thrifty ways of cultivating beauty in your life – even during a pandemic

Posted at 3:09 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 15:09:47-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — At a time when most of us are consumed with our physical and financial health, it may seem like noticing beauty is a luxury we can’t afford.

But as the yoga philosopher Amrit Desai once said, “There is a kernel of beauty in everything, if only we have the eyes to see it.”

A local business named Thrifty Garden is all about making sure your eyes don’t miss a kernel. In fact, they want to help the kernels in your life sprout – and blossom!

Nestled in the charming complex of Old Florida-style buildings that make up the Butterfly Estates, Thrifty Garden offers everything green - from sprouting seeds and supplies to outdoor garden plants to house plants.

The folks at Thrifty Garden have been offering in-person classes on plant care ever since the shop opened. Now they’re transitioning to online and phone coaching and encouragement.

But it’s not just plants.

When you shop at Thrifty Garden, you’ll find offerings from more than 15 other small businesses – everything from artwork, to candles to local honey and even consignment items.

Thrifty Garden is open daily from 10 am-7 pm.

You are welcome to come into the shop where there’s plenty of room to maintain social distance.

But the shop also offers parking lot pick-up and online payment so it can be a “contactless” experience.

Contactless, yes. But that doesn’t mean there’s no “connection.” For the folks at Thrifty Garden, cultivating connection – to nature and each other – always comes first.

The logo on the shop’s Facebook page is, “For the Makers and the Growers.”

They want to find ways to “make” your day during this challenging time and help you “grow” what works best for you.

If you’re lucky, you may even get happy hello from the owner’s uber friendly dog - named Makers!

Thrifty Garden’s address is 1815 Fowler Street in Fort Myers. It’s just north of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in the Gardener’s Park Art District bordering the east edge of downtown Fort Myers.

You can call them at (239) 202-0221 or talk to them on their Facebook page.