After opening her first location on the North Side in the Lincoln Square neighborhood in April, LaManda Joy, president of City Grange, welcomed a customer from Beverly, who then followed up on social media with a special request.

“They were ‘Facebook flirting,’” Joy said. “‘Come to Beverly!’”

Joy listened—and City Grange, a gardening center, is now open on the South Side as a pop-up shop in Beverly, with plans in the works for a permanent location in the neighborhood.

City Grange is open at Joplin Marley, 9911 S. Walden Pkwy., on weekends through Dec. 22. The store will be open from 4-8 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays.

Joy said she will open a permanent location in April 2020 near the pop-up.

At the pop-up shop’s opening night on Nov. 22, Joy said her business is focused on being environmentally friendly.

“Our jam is really about the natural world,” Joy said. “We try and have as little plastic as possible. We try and work with local artists. On the ‘no plastic’ front, [some] containers are in wood pots, so you can compost the entire thing.

“We don’t have plastic berries; we don’t have glitter. We just don’t have that stuff because the natural world’s beautiful enough.”

The pop-up shop, Joy said, offers floral centerpieces, nature-inspired gifts, kitchen accessories such as hand-carved spoons and chopping boards, and holiday plants such as wreaths and garland.

She will also host holiday decorating demonstrations and classes.

The Lincoln Square location sells plants, garden tools and supplies, hosts gardening workshops, and offers a job-training program for at-risk individuals called United We Blossom.

In opening in Beverly, Joy said, she worked with local officials including Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association Executive Director Caroline Connors and association board member Mark Mielnicki, calling both “amazing.”

She also thanked Meg’n Barba, who owns Joplin Marley as well as Tranquility Salon Company, which is located across the street.

Joy participated in a sip ’n’ shop event on 99th Street and Walden Parkway in September, and she praised the corridor that is home to several small businesses.

“I’m excited,” Joy said. “I feel like this little [commercial district] is on the verge of really exploding.”

Joy lives near her Lincoln Square location, and she admitted she didn’t know Beverly existed—until recently.

That’s changed, thanks to Facebook, and now Joy wants to spend even more time in Beverly.

“It’s exciting,” Joy said. “We want to move down here. Everybody’s so nice.”

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