Mignon Hemsley, digital marketer and Danuelle Doswell, graphic designer and freelance creative, are the co-creators of the virtual plant shop and subscription service, Grounded. And they are on a mission to spread joy through their newly launched business.
Grounded was created by the Washington D.C. natives to help people disconnect and decompress through the appreciation of plants in the spaces we occupy. Their selection of plants has a plethora of benefits designed to elicit a sense of tranquility and mindfulness.
Because of Them We Can (BOTWC) spoke exclusively to the founders who shared that they decided to go into business with one another because of their shared love for plants. Through Grounded, they hope to promote another form of self-care for people.
They told BOTWC, “Being great friends we bonded through being plant and garden moms. We wanted to take our bond to the next level and help others, which is an innate trait of both of ours. Our business idea naturally came to fruition from our passion and love for plants.”
At a time where non-essential businesses are closed and people are in need of healthful ways to decompress, Hemsley and Doswell thought Grounded could add unique value to the market and people’s lives as they are sheltered in place. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With all of the technological advances and worldly transitions, in order to stay grounded mentally, it’s important for us to take a step back and disconnect from our days. Through the appreciation, dedication and care of plants in our spaces this is attainable. We want to educate the black community and beyond, of the tremendous benefits of plants, not only physically but especially mentally in your spaces,” they told the publication.
Grounded sources their plants from nurseries around the DMV and New York City. Their plants range between $50-$100 and are customizable. The company also offers non-subscription options featuring three indoor plants ranging between $15 or $20 each.
In celebration of their launch, Grounded is offering free shipping nationwide for a limited time.