Sunday, March 20, 2016

WDT: Jake’s Garden Center to open in May on outer Washington Street

        The man who stuck a finger in the eye of the bureaucracy with his pool fence on Mullin Street, continues to grow his landscaping business.  Jake Johnson has proven the value of hard work and is anathema to those who don't.

Watertown Daily Times | Jake’s Garden Center to open in May on outer Washington Street

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good for him. Unfortunately, it's a tough market north of syracuse though.
People around here prefer quantity to quality. Retail garden centers require endless hours and dedication, trustworthy knowledgeable staff and lots of water. I hope they do well, but the poor kids hair is gonna be gray like a POTUS in 8 years.
As a former nurseryman, I'm looking forward to it's opening

Anonymous said...

It may be a tough market, but there is plenty of room for him in this market. There were number of formerly very successful garden centers in the area that are no longer in business and its not because of lack of customers. The owners simply were ready to get out and there were no takers.

Anonymous said...


Seems like a good move for Jake as both an opportunity and a chance to further engage his primary business (landscaping) This guy is a real go-getter and I wish him success in his venture. Wonder why he decided to go to the Town of Watertown rather than finding a location here in the City? Perhaps he is apprehensive to engage in more petty squabbles and jump through unnecessary hurdles? Our track record with supporting new and existing business is dismal at best. Until we wake up and make the environment more conducive to the business culture we will continue to loose out to more pro-business areas. Just saying.

Anonymous said...

Stuck a finger in who's eye? Didn't Jacob have to tear down his fence? Or did he die while holding out? Dum dum dum...

Anonymous said...

Garden Centers take lot's of water don't they? Maybe Jake can give the town supervisor a push and get them to run the water line down Route 11 so all of us between 232 and Kellog Hill can join the rest of humanity and get some decent water. I promise to buy all my flowers and garden supplies from you Jake if you do this for us. Thanks !!!





Susan said...

The nicest garden center here locally was the black river garden center on rte 3 just outside if watertown.
I remember as a young child, the holly house at Christmas, the fine shops run by Mr. Monnat's sisters, the Cole's, Burns and Razinskis.
Mr. Monnat was such a talented man and had a vision so far ahead if the times. Everything seemed magical at that place as I remember walking throughout what seemed an old Sturbridge Village.
My mother, father and I went there often. Viewing the blacksmith shop, the one room schoolhouse and the live nativity scene.
And to end the afternoon at the partridge berry inn.
The fondue was incredible.

Anonymous said...

I don't remember seeing this on the planning board agenda