After developing green thumbs during the pandemic, three sisters have opened a plant store in LoHi.
Selena Herrera and Alex and Amber Munoz said they always wanted to own a business together but were never sure what it would be. When the pandemic gave them more time to spend with one another — and more time to grow plants at home — they found their focus.
Leaves of Three, named because of the three sisters, opened Friday in a 450-square-foot space at 1600 Boulder St. formerly home to a jewelry shop. Herrera said the business specializes in hydroponic plants, which are grown only in water.
“COVID made it kind of happen. We had some downtime and we were able to hang out a lot more,” Herrera said. “We kind of were able to figure it out and make it happen and it’s taken a while. But it happened fast once we found the space.”
Alex owns a gym in Arvada and Amber works for Jefferson County Public Schools, in addition to working at Leaves of Three. Herrera was previously a therapist, and said she’s been growing succulents hydroponically for five years. Her love for them “exploded” when the pandemic hit.
“I was a therapist before this, and one of my self-care practices was my plants,” Herrera said. “And so, during COVID, it exploded. I went from 10 plants to like 30, it was insane.”
“It just became our self-care and that’s how, you know, we just thought, ‘My gosh this is amazing, we could do this as a business,’” she added.
All of the plants Herrera, Alex and Amber sell are ones they already know how to care for. They mostly sell succulents and cacti, but also pothos and alocasia plants. Prices range from their cheapest plant at $6 to a $150 cactus.
Monstera is one of Herrera’s favorites, and will tentatively be priced around $80-$100. Unlike some stores where she’s seen its leaves sold as cuttings for flower arrangements, Leaves of Three sells the live plant.
“What we want to provide is just having these beautiful living arrangements that double as decor, so I want it to be very aesthetically pleasing,” Herrera said. “We want it to be just beautiful. Lots of greenery, but also won’t die in two weeks.”
All of the plants sold in Leaves of Green are purchased wholesale. Some of them were purchased from Calabrese Greenhouse, a wholesale supply store in Arvada that specializes in indoor potted plants such as succulents and cacti.
Herrera, Alex and Amber started the venture hoping to also serve tea in Leaves of Three, but they would have to redo the plumbing in order to support the equipment needed, Herrera said. They may serve hot tea in the winter, which would require less changes to the plumbing, she said, but meanwhile they are sticking to plants.
Leaves of Three plans to host community events where people can paint pots or learn how to repot their plants.
“We just want to make this a fun place for people, and just kind of create unique things and foster community,” Herrera said.