Plant Shops Struggle To Survive: Nundah’s The Plant Lounge Among Those Forced To Close

The Plant Lounge, an established plant shop in Nundah, was among the plant shops in Brisbane compelled to shut down permanently despite doing well during the Covid pandemic.

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The Plant Lounge, a boutique nursery which opened at Buckland Road in 2019 has announced its closure in social media, leaving some of its patrons feeling disheartened.

“When we started, we were excited to bring indoor plants into your lives, and that enthusiasm is still with us. However, owning a retail business in these times of instability has been challenging,” the post reads.

The Plant Lounge
Photo credit: The Plant Lounge/Facebook

“We will miss our community dearly, and we hope you will continue to support small businesses. Unless you make use of your locals, they will keep disappearing,” owners Rhiannon and Dave Meertens shared on a Facebook post.

“It pains us to say it, but YOU HAVE TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS! Otherwise, we will end up with a monopoly on pricing and no point of difference,” they added.

The Plant Lounge
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The reasons behind the closure of many plant shops in Brisbane include concerns about interest rate hikes and other issues affecting small businesses.

The Plant Lounge revealed that their current earnings are approximately one-tenth of what they were making two years ago. 

The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in a surge of customers for plant shops as people spent more time indoors, had more disposable income, and were motivated to enhance the comfort of their living spaces.

With the closure of their beloved Nundah plant shop, the owners are now shifting their focus to their full-time jobs.

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A survey during the Covid-19 pandemic suggests 75 percent of respondents were spending more time in their gardens, with many embarking on new projects.Around 98 percent of all the respondents say spending time in the garden improved their mood.

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Customers are encouraged to take advantage of their final sale by visiting the store before it closes on 30 April 2023. Gift vouchers will be accepted.

The Plant Lounge is located at 90 Buckland Road, Nundah. They are open daily, except on Mondays.

Published 17-April-2023

Nundah’s Nursery Has Everything You Need For Stunning Urban Jungle

Have you ever thought about adding some plants into your space? They are not only aesthetically pleasing but they also come with health benefits such as fostering positive vibes and purifying the air. If you are new to owning plants and would love to learn more about it, The Plant Lounge in Nundah can help.

Run by local plant enthusiast Rhiannon Campbell, The Plant Lounge specialises in indoor plants, workshops, botanical wares, and ceramics as well as designer pots that will add a little zen to any living space. Whether you’re looking for small potted plants for your home office or some hanging plants for your garden, The Plant Lounge has it in store for you.

Photo Credit: The Plant Lounge/Facebook

This boutique nursery located in Station Street has a heap of gorgeous and locally grown indoor plants, like caladiums, heartleaf philodendron, peperomia, Scindapsus pictus or satin pothos, and monstera. They source new plants each week with the help of local suppliers, to help customers get beautiful plants for their homes.

Australian-made planters and accessories of different sizes can also be found at the nursery. Here you’ll find pots made by local ceramicists and artists, as well as some beautiful Australian made ceramic brands such as Angus & Celeste and Jones & Co. You can choose from loads of pots for your plants to live in, from sophisticated pots to quirky ones that are great as gifts.

The workshops, which are done every Thursday, Friday and Sunday, range from candle making and coil basket weaving to hand pottery. They also hold a workshop on Kokedama, an age-old Japanese art form transforming plants into ornamental pieces by wrapping their root ball in moss and twine. Ms Campbell regularly hosts workshops for budding and seasoned plant lovers who might want to branch out into making a terrarium or learning pottery for personalised pots.

The Plant Lounge is open daily, except on Mondays. See below for trading hours. Those who can’t make it out to their physical shop may also order plants online and have them shipped to their homes.

Saturday 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Sunday 9:00 am–1:00 pm

Monday Closed

Tuesday 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Wednesday 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Thursday 11:00 am–7:00 pm

Friday 11:00 am–7:00 pm

The Plant Lounge in Nundah is A Plant Lover’s Paradise

Raring to cultivate a green thumb, decorate with plants or grow a nice garden in your home? For a good variety of indoor plants that could thrive in Queensland’s unique climate, the best place to find lush greens if you live in Nundah or the nearby suburbs is at The Plant Lounge on Station Street.

Operated and owned by Rhiannon Campbell, the woman behind Brisbane’s plant subscription Botanic Box, The Plant Lounge is more than just an extension of her online store. Here, you can check the plants up close and in detail before making a purchase or you can also talk to the owner and her staff to learn valuable tips on how to grow beautiful, leafy plants in your house. 

As a plant lover’s paradise, The Plant Lounge also offers a range of pots or containers to mix and match in your home decoration. You can find heaps of botanical wares to feed your green hobby in this store as well.

Photo Credit: The Plant Lounge/Facebook

Ms Campbell regularly hosts workshops for budding and seasoned plant lovers who might want to branch out into making a terrarium or learning pottery for personalised pots. 

For the rest of October, here are the classes scheduled at The Plant Lounge:

Terrarium WorkshopThursday, 24 Oct
Botanical Watercolour WorkshopFriday, 25 Oct
How to be a Plant ParentThursday, 31 Oct

*All workshops begin at 6:00 p.m.

Photo Credit: The Plant Lounge/Facebook

The store is open from Tuesday to Sunday and closed on Mondays. Trading hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday), 11:00 a.m. to 7:0O p.m. (Thursday and Friday), and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Sunday).

“AMAZING selection of indoor plants, accessories and homewares! I wanted to take the entire store home. Rhiannon is so helpful and friendly which makes for and even better shopping experience. I already can’t wait to come back – those prices are insanely good! Can’t believe how beautiful and well taken care of all the plants are.”

~ Alex Mayock, Facebook

“Dreamy store of plants and all kinds of gifts for plant lovers! Rhiannon is so lovely and helpful too!”

~ Jenica Smith, Google Reviews