Business Profile: Bloomin’ Crazy Nursery & More
Rick and Teresa Ewton spent their careers in landscaping in Florida before selling the business, retiring and making the move to Leland.
But when Rick decided to open a “little nursery” to have something to do, the Ewtons had no idea they were about to “unretire” and start a second act in landscaping.
“I lost my mind,” Rick says. “The business exploded, we bought more property, and the business is growing, growing, growing.”
Bloomin’ Crazy Nursery & More, which opened on Mother’s Day in 2018, goes far beyond a landscape business. They are a full-service landscaping company that offers hardscapes, landscapes, garden maintenance, landscape renovations, design, installation, lawn care, pruning and edging, sod and seed installations and landscape lighting. They also offer outdoor living products and services like outdoor kitchens, pottery and polyresin furniture; a full plant and tree nursery that offers annuals, perennials and trees up to 45 gallons; and an expansive seasonal retail center. “Our nursery and our retail center really set us apart,” Rick says. It features fountains, planters and pottery that you won’t find anywhere else in town.
The retail shop is stocked according to the seasons, and right now it’s a Christmas showpiece with unique holiday gifts. As soon as the winter holidays are over, they’ll change their inventory for spring time. For Mother’s Day they’ll offer children an opportunity to make flower basket arrangements in the retail shop.
The retail center and new offices, a centerpiece of the nursery, were designed and built by local contractors MWM Properties, owned and operated by Liz and Max McKinley. The sibling duo have an eye for construction and detail, and they helped the Ewtons bring to life their vision for the Bloomin’ Crazy property at 47 Waterford Business Center Way in Leland.
Bloomin’ Crazy Nursery & More offers a wide variety of landscaping materials including mulch, topsoil, pavers, sod, water features and stone aggregates. They are an authorized dealer of Cambridge Pavers and Lumien Landscape Lighting.
Spring landscape plans should be made now, Rick says. In fact, Bloomin’ Crazy Nursery & More is already booked out through May for services.
Above all, they offer a great customer service experience. “Our customer service sets us apart,” Teresa says, and Rick adds, “Follow through, and doing what we say we’re going to do, keeps our customers happy.”
The business has a full-time employee who follows up every service and sale with a survey to make sure the customer was satisfied with the products and services they received.
In the busy season, Bloomin’ Crazy has 40 full-time employees and 10 part time employees — including many of their own family members. “This is definitely a family business,” Teresa says. Their son-in-law is the dedicated sales representative, Rick’s brother is a production manager, their daughter-in-law runs the retail store, a sister-in-law, along with Teresa run the office, and Teresa’s oldest son handles human resources. “We’re doing this for our kids so they can have it and retire,” Rick says.
Speaking of retiring, again, Teresa says, “It won’t happen for a while, that’s for sure!”
Bloomin’ Crazy Nursery & More: 47 Waterford Business Center Way, Belville; (910) 408-9754; bloomincrazynursery.com