Smith & Hawken might be long gone, but the former landmark Mill Valley company's alums continue to deliver the goods.
Susie Turner, who was Smith & Hawken's national interior plant and orchid buyer for three years in the mid-1990s, launched her own home-based orchid business in 1998. Nine years later, with her husband urging her "to get all of these orchids out of the kitchen," she opened her shop just a short walk away from her home in Tam Valley.
Turner's five-year-old shop has built itself quite a reputation, garnering the honor of , according to the latest edition of Mill Valley Patch's 2012 Readers' Choice series. In doing so, Green Door landed more than 70 percent of the votes cast and top reviews on in our Mill Valley Patch Places directory.
"We're thrilled to be recognized," Turner says. "I absolutely love this business. You've got to love what you do."
Despite a rought economy, being tucked away in the back of the shopping center and the of the nearby , Turner says her business has thrived. She chalks it up to high quality flowers and interior plants and a level of customer service that reflects her love of her business.
"I go the extra mile for my customers and I think they really appreciate that," Turner says. "And I hand select every plant that comes into my shop. That makes a big difference."