A business in Fremont makes a surprisingly perfect couple.
SEATTLE – It’s a botanical shop with beer. Or maybe a beer shop with plants?
“I think the intersection between plant lovers and beer lovers is much bigger than we expected,” said co-owner Scott Bianchi.
Botanic (ale) in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood offers tastings of local beers, surrounded by vibrant tropical flora for sale.
“What I’m really trying to do here is find a lot of different textures and patterns,” says Jo Huang, partner and co-owner of Bianchi.
Huang came up with The Botanic (ale)’s unusual business plan and envisioned its laid-back vibe.
“I’ve been an entrepreneur all my life. I’ve been a long-time business owner,” she said.
Huang manages the trees.
“I call it a plant gallery,” she says, “because I don’t want a traditional retail space.”
She also keeps the customers smiling.
Bianchi said, “She has a way of connecting with people that I’ve never seen before, which is what makes me fall in love with her.”
A longtime beer lover, Bianchi handles the drink menu. It’s made up of local, small-batch produce, including beer, ale, alcoholic ginger ale and even a bit of seltzer. He personally met all the producers and enjoyed telling their stories.
“He’s tried thousands of beers. When I first met him, he had a commercial refrigerator in his apartment,” Huang said.
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With a big business background, Scott is focusing on what he loves. His positive outlook may have been the result of falling ill with bone cancer and beating all odds a decade ago, grappling with the painful consequences of the disease and standing with ancient people. His biggest dancer, Huang.
“She wanted me to do something that I was passionate about,” he said.
From the idyllic outdoor beer garden to the cozy tasting room, Bianchi and Huang can’t wait to share their passion with you at The Botanic (ale), where plants and pints make a business “growing” business with great taste.
Huang said, “We love what we do.”
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