- PHOTO BY STEVE E. MILLER
- BEAUTIFUL RECYCLING: A Place to Grow creates custom-made greenhouses out of recycled materials that’ll make any yard look fantastic. Pictured here are the owners Dana and Sean O’Brien with a greenhouse showcased at the Sunset Savor the Central Coast event in Santa Margarita.
The aroma in the workshop at A Place to Grow in SLO creates the illusion of being amongst California’s ancient redwoods. The structure is difficult to see until the lights of the warehouse illuminate its true dimensions. This large array of random materials was a greenhouse.
A Place to Grow Owner, Dana O’Brien, takes special pride in the “Savor Unit,” winning Best of Show and First Place at the Mid-State Fair this summer.
“It’s a really unique structure,” O’Brien said, pointing to the redwood tree pieces, wine barrel accents, and repurposed metal roof. O’Brien shares warehouse space and a creative atmosphere with her friend and Box Kite Barn Yard owner, Rick Ernstrom, who specializes in reclaiming wood and other materials. Both O’Brien and Ernstrom are passionate about saving materials that would normally find their way to a landfill.
“It’s a great system,” O’Brien said. “It’s really synergistic.”
A Place to Grow has been slowly making a buzz since it opened its doors (and windows) a year and a half ago. After 23 years of serving in the county assessor’s office and being on the Habitat for Humanity finance committee, O’Brien said her experience had “served its purpose” and she needed a change. Her background knowledge of business and love of her very own greenhouse gave her inspiration to make other’s dreams materialize.
Slowly making waves in the SLO community, A Place to Grow was nominated and entered in the Martha Stewart American Made Contest, recognizing businesses across the country that find new and innovative ways to do business. O’Brien is pleased with the progress the business has made even on the national level.
“We have had a great response in the contest and are in the top ten for the garden category that we are entered in,” O’ Brien said.
Although now only serving SLO County, A Place to Grow hopes to provide services to Monterey and Santa Barbara counties by 2014. O’Brien has high hopes for the future and likes to think that there are “no accidents” in this life.
To learn how you can obtain a custom-made recycled greenhouse or to donate your random materials (and save yourself the dumping fee), visit recycledgreehouses.com, call 704-1155, or visit Dana O’Brien at 3940 Broad St. #7192.
The Arroyo Grande United Methodist Children’s Center is hosting its sixth annual Family Fun Day on Oct. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 275 N Halcyon Road. Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase supplies and materials for children and their classrooms. Events include carnival games, bounce houses, a pumpkin patch and face painting. A tri-tip barbecue lunch will be served by the Arroyo Grande Valley Kiwanis, providing a tri-tip sandwich, chips, and a drink for $10. Special appearances will include Mayor of Arroyo Grande, Tony Ferrara, Smokey the Bear with the CAL FIRE/ San Luis Obispo County Fire Department and storytimes with the Five Cities Fire Authority and the Arroyo Grande Police. For more details on the event, contact Maddy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 481-2223.
Intern Tally Meyers compiled this week’s Strokes & Plugs. Send your business and nonprofit news to email@example.com.