Chisholm woman moves from greenhouse to SL store

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Jaylyn Barker, from Chisholm, started a greenhouse recently. It went very well. Now she’s expanded to a store in Slave Lake called – Kick-Ass Treasures and Gifts.

Asked why she opened a business, Barker says, “I’ve always wanted to since I was a little girl. My mom had a green thumb. She always had all different kinds of plants They were fascinating. I always loved plants.”

The store will focus on house plants, tropical plants, cut flowers, and arrangements, but also other gift items.

“It’s just going to be random stuff,” says Barker of the gift items. “That’s what the ‘treasure’ is all about.”

People have already started to order plants for Christmas. These include outdoor arrangements of potted evergreens with cut birch wood, ‘Grinch’ trees, poinsettias, and wreaths.

“Plants make a person smile,” says Barker. “They are relaxing. I have met all kinds of people (since starting her greenhouse). All different ages. It’s really exciting to see the young generation really getting into plants.”

Barker hopes to bring new stuff into Slave Lake, not draw business away from the other flower shop in town or the other gift shops. She encourages people to offer suggestions of what they would like to buy.

“It’s nice to be able to shop at home,” she says.

Barker opened the store the end of July, but is holding out on a grand opening until more of her back-ordered stock arrives. This include the cooler for cut flowers.

Barker has lived in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River for a long time.

She is a retired EMT and firefighter. She recently worked in an office job at a pipeline company.

Kick-Ass is in the strip mall on 6th Ave. NW Slave Lake across the street from Harold’s Speedee Mart.

Jaylyn Barker and some of the houseplants at Kick-Ass Treasures and Gifts, a new business in Slave Lake.

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