A local plant and home good store in Phoenix, Pueblo Life store has seen an increase in sales at their store since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic which mirrors the increase in sales in the home and garden industry around the country.
Nick, an employee at Pueblo Life near Grande Ave and Van Buren Streeet said despite the changes they have made they “been lucky enough to have seen an increase in sells.”
According Research and Markets, the world’s largest market research store, Home and Garden is No. 13 on the list of industries that have surged during the pandemic.
“Hardware stores are seeing unprecedented demand for tools and hardware supplies as consumers in self-isolation use the time to complete home improvement projects,” according to Research and Markets.
Home and Garden ranks just below Hand Sanitizer, which is ranked NO. 12 on Research and Markets’ list.
Pueblo Life is a boutique houseplant and home good store. The owner started the business as a small farmers market booth around 5 five years ago. “It has slowly grown to what it is now,” Nick said.
Pueblo Life now requires their costumers to wear masks and they limit the amount of people in the store, but the store has also moved to a bigger space which allows people to keep distance from one another.
Despite these changes, Nick said, “all our products have been doing well because they’re all home goods,” and they have not introduced any new products since the start of the pandemic.
According to Nick, Pueblo Life costumers have responded well to their changes.
“We feel costumers are happy to have a place come feel safe and get a change of pace,” Nick said.
Tasha McMillan is a frequent shopper at Pueblo Life, and she said that she has bought more plants since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.
“I think plants have kept me sane. My apartment is filled with them and I get at least one every week,” McMillan said.
McMillan said that her plants keep her distracted from school and also to reward herself when she performs well on an exam or works hard for a grade on an assignment. Plants help her when she is feeling down because she is stuck at home all day.
“I can just look at a plant that’s not doing well instead of focusing on myself not doing well,” McMillan said.
Although when a plant is doing well, McMillan said in makes her happy to see her plants growing fast.
“It kind of reminds yourself that you’re the one making that growth happen and you’re doing good which is reassuring when you feel like everything’s kind of doing bad,” McMillan said.
Nick said Pueblo Life wants everyone to feel safe and comfortable at their store.
“We want our space to be an escape from everyday life,” Nick said.