A need for baby-care essentials planted the seeds of Melissa and Jamie Syken's Ashland business.
After a spring and summer in operation, their Growing Green Baby store is gaining ground with eco-conscious, sustainable, healthful, even locally made goods for the whole family.
"Gosh, these are perfect," says Patrice Lowes, browsing through the selection of stainless-steel lunchboxes, heavy-duty glass containers and bisphenol A-free plasticware.
"I don't want to use plastic bags and Saran wrap," explains the Ashland resident shopping for her 6-year-old son's school supplies.
Also mother to a 6-year-old son, Karsten Peterson says she appreciates the store's stock of Waldorf-approved art and craft supplies that otherwise she would find only online.