Groundbreaking at Bradley Fair
Barb Hoffmann started Tropical Designs (formerly Hoffmann's Green Industries) over 35 years ago as a wholesale greenhouse operation out of her basement. This allowed her to stay at home with her young daughters, Shayne & Shannon. As her business grew, she and her husband, John, purchased a larger greenhouse in Andover and then eventually in 1975 two acres in Kechi, Kansas, to start a full-fledged wholesale greenhouse operation. It soon became a true family business! Barb focused on building a team and growing the company, while John was in charge of operations and greenhouse maintenance. Barb's father, Art, was the salesperson on the streets, and her mother, Mary Ruth, handled the accounting and relations with the growers in Florida. Mary Ruth, a legend amongst their vendors, worked in the business until she was 94. Even young Shannon worked picking weeds under the racks of plants while Shayne enjoyed being amongst the greenery. Shannon worked off and on, returning after college to run the business for 2 years, before expanding with their other family business, GreenAcres Market.
In the early 80s, Barb partnered with an innovative landscape architect who asked her to design an interior setting with plants. Barb quickly saw her love for design and interiorscaping. Interiorscaping was a new concept for many businesses and Barb was quick to educate them on why they needed the services of Tropical Designs. In the late 80s, they sold off the wholesale division and relocated Tropical Designs to 11120 E. 26th Street North and Greenwich Road. Bradley Fair was the new shopping center on the scene and they had the opportunity to purchase land and build on it. Barb and John constructed a retail showroom for Tropical Designs and launched their other business, GreenAcres Market. Over the next 20 years Tropical Designs would grow to be one of the region's leading interiorlandscaping firms with over 400 clients.
As businesses evolve and grow, Barb and John made the difficult decision to split their enterprises and move Tropical Designs to North Rock Road, allowing GreenAcres Market to expand into the entire facility. Tropical Designs continues to build a following in its new location and the service team loves the quick access to the highway!
Barb, John and the entire Tropical Designs family loves being a part of the Wichita community! Tropical Designs strives to maintain its focus on providing quality plants, quality service and a dependable staff. Come visit us today!