Small business buds during the pandemic; OKC Chamber encourages residents to buy locally


The Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce is encouraging people to shop locally and helping small businesses recover from the pandemic with a “Stand Tall and Shop Small” initiative.

News 9 spoke with a small business owner who has made the switch from the oil and gas industry to owning a factory outlet.

The Plant Store is a “shop in shop” located inside Shop Good at 1007 N Broadway Ave. in Oklahoma City.

The pandemic has made it easy for you to shop online. Even if it’s your style, you can still support local businesses.

Steven Kochenower, owner of Southern Window Plants, said if you need help or something goes wrong, you’ll get more personal attention by buying locally.

“We want to be able to talk to someone about the plant that they’re interested in. Make suggestions to people if they’re not sure what they’re looking for,” he said. “We can just offer a little more than say a Lowe’s or any of those other places.”

During the pandemic, Kochenower said he hustled. He posted plants online and offered curbside pickup.

Now, as people continue to renovate their homes and return to office, Kochenower said last May was their best month ever.

They also offer more than a few houseplants. They offer green landscape consultations for residential and commercial spaces. So whether it’s three factories or an entire office space, they can help you through the whole process – from advice to installation.

When you choose to shop locally, you are helping the people around you thrive.

“All your tax money stays here, so being able to support your community, things like that make a big difference,” he said.

Kochenower said one of the biggest challenges he faces right now is getting all the supplies he needs to meet demand.

“So as you come out of this recovery, we see more people, but it’s harder to get more products like this in the store,” Kochenower said.

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