Celebrating 60 Years: Family Business


Thursday Mar 5th, 2015

Family business is an interesting venture. I grew up in the family business. My uncles, cousins and friends have worked here. As our business grew I asked my wife, Kathy, to come and help me in the business. There was some trepidation. Her mom told her never to get involved in your husband's business. (Traditional thinking) My dad told me to ‘never let the wives stick their nose into your business’ (More traditional thinking). But I sensed otherwise. Kathy set aside her dietetic private practice to work in the business and start LEAF, the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier. The success was better than anticipated. From 1998-2008 our business doubled in sales. LEAF grew into a regional asset. We got to spend a lot more time together.

Once again, follow your heart…

and, Kathleen, thank you for 32 wonderful years of Marriage today. Happy Anniversary.

dan kathy


Krista and I would like to pass on to your crew that we really do enjoy our front yard. We have found people stopping by to look at it as if it were a piece of art, of course we know it is. It has made a big difference in our enjoyment of our home. We will highly recommend you to all of our friends.

Jim Strafford

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