Green Leaf Enterprises
Green Leaf has grown into thriving Annapolis Valley business
Green Leaf, located in the community of Wilmot in Nova Scotia, is a thriving business, which includes a greenhouse, flower shop and Christmas shop.
By Sam Laskaris
Tammy Belanger admits she was not quite sure which direction her life would take when purchasing some property back in the summer of 2000.
The plan was to turn the property, located in the tiny Nova Scotia community of Wilmot, into a business named Green Leaf, which would include a flower shop, Christmas shop and a greenhouse. Belanger, a member of the Glooscap First Nation, had some obvious concerns of whether the business would take off.
“The building was originally to be used as a shop but converted into a house if need be,” she said. “Originally we thought let’s see how we make out the first three years and we’ll go from there. After that, there was no looking back.” Well, the business has been a huge hit. And the shop has been expanded twice and is now four times the size it was originally.
Green Leaf’s success has also earned Belanger a nomination this year for Cando’s Aboriginal Private Sector Business award.
Winners will be honoured – also in the individual economic development officer and community categories – at the Cando Conference, set for late October in Fredericton, N.B.
Belanger is pleased the business has flourished despite the fact she has not poured money into advertising or marketing campaigns. A Facebook page for Green Leaf is maintained. “Our best advertising though is word of mouth,” she said.
“They’re singing our praises which brings new people into the store.” One of the Green Leaf’s attractions is that is has the only Christmas shop in the Annapolis Valley. Various Christmas ornaments and decorated trees are available for purchase year-round.
Staff at the business host classes covering topics such as floral design, wreath making and centrepiece making. It also provides training courses for First Nation communities across the province on how to grow their own vegetables.
“I’m really pleased with what we’ve done for the community and what we give back to the community,” Belanger said.