In this episode, we interview Meghan Mciver & Lindsey Riley. The owners and all-around vibe curators of the plant disco and store, Palm + Pine in Asheville, NC.
“We want to create a bubble for you to walk into and have a really vibed experience, a really nice time. That’s the goal” – Lindsay and Meghan
Here’s What You’ll Learn in this Episode:
- Different strategies for managing pressure as business owners and most importantly, human beings
- Expectations vs Agreements- Creating realistic timelines for a project and the importance of giving yourself enough lead way
- The challenges of stocking a retail space within the living (plant) industry
- How the pandemic forced Meghan and Lindsay to crawl instead of run at the start of their business
- How capital and having a business has allowed them to better address the socioeconomic issues that exist with AVL
- Making plants accessible and nonjudgmental
Enjoyed this interview? We think you might also dig this episode with local aesthetic genius and photographer, Nicole McConville.
About Meghan and Lindsay
Originally from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Meghan McIver has lived in Asheville since 2008. She graduated from UNCA in 2012 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a concentration in Human Rights Policy. Her work with plants began in 2013, with an organic farming work-trade and later, a local agricultural non-profit internship. Her interest in tropical plants and environmental design was initiated in 2015 with a heightened intrigue for creating accessible, functional, and inspirational indoor green spaces. Merging her love for tropical plants, design, art, and community, Palm + Pine was created in an effort to offer a safe, welcoming, fun, and vibrant space for the people who live and work in Asheville.
With a background in performance and installation art, Lindsay Riley moved to Asheville in 2017 from Austin, Texas.
Riley’s skills span from illustration to graphic design to fiber arts and fashion design. Her work as a massage therapist for the past 10+ years offered Riley more insight into her artistic practices and vision, eventually leading her to merge a love for visual arts with holistic healing arts. Riley’s current artistic approach lands on creating environments that highlight the relationship between the human body and its immediate surroundings, intending to create safe spaces that promote healing and inspiration.
To learn more about Palm + Pine, check out the links below:
Instagram, where Meghan champions the IG game
- Audrey is their first employee and good friend who works at p+p, shoutout to Audrey.
- Karie and Rob of Shelter Collective are neighbors to P+P. They initially told them about the space opening up next door. (It’s a big deal to find real estate in AVL)
- Honey of DIFFERENT WRLD and Neng Jr’s are two businesses opening soon that M&L are excited for. In the interview, Meghan and Lindsay mention that they appreciate the role they are playing in the community.
- Crocodile Wine is where Lindsay and Meghan had their last pop-up shop before opening their retail location.
- Fifth Season Gardening Co. is P+P’s trusted store that takes gardening to the next level.
Music by Commonwealth Choir