Going Strong for 35+ Years - Jarrett's Jungle and The Enchanted Florist
What do you get when you add a lifelong passion for flowers with a desire to help people?
The answer for one Lexington County woman is a successful and enjoyable business.
With the help of her entire family, Jaclyn Jarrett Macaulay opened Jarrett’s Jungle and The Enchanted Florist in February 1979. More than 35 years later, she’s still going strong.
“My dream has always been to work with flowers. They give me so much to look forward to, with their bright colors, beautiful leaves,” Macaulay said. “I also love to talk with people who love plants and flowers too! Pleasing others is also fun. It’s in my blood, and I can’t imagine a life without it!”
Macaulay operates Jarrett’s Jungle, located at 1621 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, with two employees. The store ended up here after Macaulay passed by the location every day on the way home growing up. She showed the rundown house to her parents, and upon graduation, the family bought it together with the plan of building the greenhouse later.
With the help of her parents and five siblings, the dream became a reality.
“The business was to be called Jackie’s Jungle, but after the outpouring I received from all of my siblings, I decided to name it after them,” she said. “It is a blessing to me every day, and I thank God that I have had the opportunity to serve the great people of the West Columbia, Lexington and Columbia area.”
Macaulay ran the business with her mother for the first three years until her mom’s untimely death. Her father has remained involved in the business and is now 89 years old. Macaulay has also raised three children in the business, often bringing them to work with her.
“I am a sole proprietorship, and I actually live next door to my business, so my commute is short,” Macaulay said. “I believe to be part of a dying trend of small businesses that are being pushed out by larger conglomerates. I am holding on, thanks to the loyalty of my customers.”
Jarrett’s Jungle now has two greenhouses, totally 3,000 square feet, and a flower shop with decorative pots and gifts. The business has earned a reputation for quality plans and service in the Midlands area. The business prides itself on providing flowering and green plants for the home, as well as cut flowers, Bonsai Trees, succulents and outdoor shrubs and tropicals like banana trees and citrus. Various groups like garden clubs and science classes also visit Jarrett’s Jungle each year.
Macaulay stresses the help Jarrett’s Jungle provides its customers, including instructions on light and watering, carrying plants to the customer’s car, repotting, building terrariums and advice. The business is also proud to buy from local growers as much as possible, including carrying Fox Farm Organics soil and fertilizers, which are made in SC.
Macaulay’s plans for the future include offering terrarium building classes, along with classes on Bonsai, orchids and ikebana. She would also like to recover the greenhouses and repave the parking area. Macaulay also plans to write a novel at some point.
Her message to fellow Chamber members is that “we can help them with all of their plant and flower needs, from birthday and anniversary gifts, to office plants; we are ready to help them anytime!”
Store hours are Monday-Saturday 9am – 6pm.
For more information, visit www.jarrettsjungle.com. You can contact Jarrett’s Jungle by phone at 803-796-4670 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find the business on Facebook and follow @Jarrettsjungle on Twitter.