Almost a year after opening in downtown Aurora, Branch Gardens, 77 S. Lake St., recently expanded into the old firehouse and is now open for the season.
Owner Kori Kasper is working together with various vendors in the larger space. Joining Kasper are The Dapper Gentleman, Changed Identity, 17th Street Salvage, Dusty Road Merchants, and Henny+Roo.
The Dapper Gentleman, 17th Street Salvage, and Dusty Road Merchants are all businesses that acquire antiques to be sold at Branch Gardens and other locations. All three of them also hold spaces at The Vintage Market, 211 S. Lincolnway St. Henny+Roo sells high-quality chicken keeping products and gifts which are available to purchase at Branch Gardens.
Kasper said that she specifically wanted to work with these vendors because they corresponded with her vision for the expansion.
“I picked the vendors to match my own sense of style,” she said.
The new expanded space is filled to the brim with fresh and fragrant plant life in every corner. Kasper integrates new items like rustic benches and signs with the existing plant life. The store is full of antique furniture pieces, handmade jewelry, and chicken keeping items. Everything that her customers need to decorate inside and outside of the home.
In the new expansion, Kasper will also be offering tropical plants and a larger selection of house plants this spring. Walking into Branch Gardens, you can see that it is a unique mixture of new and old; it is fresh and rustic. Kasper said that one of her reasons for expanding was to grow Branch Gardens. She is continually inspired by her desire to help customers with their home decor.
The firehouse building was built from 1886 to 1887 and was used as the Holly Hose Co. It is the oldest of Aurora’s fire stations, according to a Facebook post on the building’s history. It was replaced as a fire station in the 1950s and sold in the 1970s.
Kasper is excited for Branch Gardens to grow with the help of these new vendors. “I love working with a team to curate displays for the home,” she said.
This spring, Branch Gardens will offer perennials and tree planting services. Outdoor plants will be available in the first week of May.
Branch Gardens is open Tuesday through Sunday. Check their Facebook page for hours. Follow them on Instagram.