Pasquesi Home & Gardens is Staying Lake Bluff Strong!
By Adrienne Murrill
Community roots run deep in Lake Bluff, and that holds true for Pasquesi Home & Gardens. We talked with office manager Lisa Pasquesi Gianakopoulos about how the business is staying strong during the pandemic.
“Once the stay at home order was put in place, we were able to shift gears quickly to offer more curbside pickup,” she said. This service was already in place at the store, so it was a smooth transition to handle the increase in phone orders. Currently, the store is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. “These hours will vary as the season goes on,” she added. Gianakopoulos, who is part of the second generation running the business, said the store hours have been reduced to give staff a break.
Siblings Mike Pasquesi, Cindy Pasquesi Thorsen, and Lisa Pasquesi Gianakopoulos
Staying true to Ed Pasquesi’s love of “growing living things,” shoppers have been buying indoor and outdoor plants; mulches and soils; and bird and pet supplies. The store, which Ed and his wife, Marie, bought in 1984, has expanded beyond its original focus on hardware. When the garden industry started to expand, the business evolved with the customers’ changing needs and became Pasquesi Home & Gardens with a diverse range of products.
“Pasquesi's mission is contributing to the enjoyment to your life,” Gianakopoulos said. “We strive to accomplish this every day. We hope we are a bright spot in people’s lives during this challenging time.”
With Mother’s Day around the corner, Gianakopoulos reminds us to shop local first, which was important even before the pandemic. Some of her favorites for recognizing a mother figure include cozy pajamas and robes, orchids, and flowering shrubs like the hydrangea. The shop also has a thorough section of pet supplies for all those acquiring “pandemic pets.”
Gianakopoulos said the outpouring of support, patience and appreciation from community members has been an unexpected result of the shelter in place order. Included in that is the commitment and loyalty of the staff, she said. “We couldn’t do it without them.”