Downtown Oswego Business Planning Large Expansion
Mar 30, 2016 11:16AM
● By Steven Jack
Workers recently completed constructing a new fence for the expanded Garden Faire lot in Downtown Oswego. (Submitted photos)
For brothers John and Zbynek Zidlicky the success of their downtown Oswego business is the realization of a family dream.
The pair opened The Garden Faire at 5 S. Madison St. nearly five years ago in an abandoned location that previously was home to auto repair shop Keith's Car Care. Since then they've grown the family business beyond their expectations, and announced this week they are expanding into the former used car lot right next door.
"When the car dealer left next door we had no choice but to seize the opportunity, cross our fingers, and hope the Village and building owner would see the vision we saw for ourselves," John said.
With the expansion, the shop will now offer even more trees and shrubs along with annuals and perennials. The current building on the former car dealer lot will also serve as a center for community workshops and classes on topics like bee-keeping to Fairy Garden building.
The business' expansion is not just limited to the downtown space. This year the brothers also have added to their rural Kendall County growing facility and nursery.
"This year we have gone from three greenhouses to a total of eight so we can offer more varieties of flowers and vegetables to our customers," John said.
Even though these most recent expansion plans have been over a year in the making, John said it's actually part of a longtime family plan.
"It was always our Dad's dream to have a garden center in downtown Oswego, and we hope that we have done him proud," John said.
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