Jennifer Hihn, 44
Owner of River Plant Co.
Ten months ago, Jennifer Hihn’s relationship with Rocky River changed. After being a Rocky River resident for 12 years, she also became a Rocky River business owner last August when she opened River Plant Co. She hasn’t looked back since.
“It’s been awesome to see everyone in Rocky River support us as a small business,” Hihn says. “I have so many connections here and they’ve all helped me out so much since I’ve opened.”
Hihn first got into the plant business last year by painting pots and posting them on Facebook Marketplace. As her business began to grow and her house gradually turned into a greenhouse, she decided to set up a separate location for her business. After looking around, she found the store’s current location on Lake Road — a spot right down the street from her home.
“The Rocky River Chamber of Commerce was a huge help in getting me started,” she says. “It’s awesome to be in such a walkable place surrounded by so many other local businesses.”
Hihn does her part to help those local businesses by hosting small business pop-ups from noon to 3 p.m. every Saturday. She also hosts painting sessions for adults and kids over the weekend, which have become a hit among other Rocky River residents.
“I wouldn’t be where I am now without the word-of-mouth, whether that be from people or other businesses,” she says. “Rocky River is really growing and it’s awesome to see myself and all these other small businesses grow with it.”
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