By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Apr 12, 2021 at 5:01 PM

After the success of the online business and numerous pop-up events, Maranta Plant Shop will open a permanent location on Wednesday, April 14 – 414 Day – at 1739 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

This is Milwaukee’s first and only Black- and Brown-owned plant shop.

On opening day, Maranta will offer 30 percent off all houseplants and the first 25 customers will receive a free plant. The hours will be from noon to 6 p.m.

Maranta offers a highly curated selection of plants, from healthy, everyday houseplants to rare types such as Philodendron Weeks Red Hybrid, Licuala Grandis, Monstera Pinnapartita, Alocasia Black Velvet and more.

The shop was founded by Milwaukee natives Michelle Alfaro and Mag Rodriguez. Alfaro is a plant lover and herb enthusiast with five years of experience with indoor plant care and alternative medicine. Rodriguez is a local entrepreneur who currently leads the Gener8tor music program as the Managing Director.

“We hope Maranta will add to Bronzeville’s growing and thriving black community which carries such a rich history,” said Alfaro. "The abundance of love from Milwaukee has only motivated us to keep building on our mission."

Go here for more information and to browse the available plants. 

Maranta Plant Shop will be open Wednesday-Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.