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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Modern Plantsman to move


February 27, 2020

The plant store in Colfax is moving.

A Modern Plantsman, which opened on Canyon Street last March, is expected to re-open again in the coming week at a new corner spot on Main Street and Wall, the former site of Colfax Computer.

“We just needed more space,” said owner Dominic Villareal

Plans include more workshops, more inventory and added room to make ceramic pottery.

Villareal is also in the midst of expanding the Plantsman business to Spokane, to become a seller inside Boulevard Mercantile, to open March 6.

Here in Colfax, after one year, the reports are positive.

“It's been a whirlwind. We never imagined it being so successful,” Villareal said. “It was meant as a passion project.”

Villareal started it as an outlet from his daily work from home in tech support for Apple. He has since quit that job and works in the plant business full time.

“Now that I'm doing this, I'm much happier,” he said.

Villareal began the business with partner Andrew Stewart, who is a full-time student at WSU. The two of them live in Colfax. Villareal drives to Seatttle once per week, or bi-weekly, depending on the season, to buy the tropical house plants which the store sells in Colfax. They also sell accessories; pottery, soils and “amendments”, which may be fertilizer or a drainage system.

“Whatever the plant needs to be happy,” said Villareal.

The new location's hours are expected to remain the same, Thursday - Sunday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Garth Meyer, Reporter

Garth Meyer is a reporter and sports writer at the Whitman County Gazette.

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