Plans for plant store takes root in Winsted

The Turck family at their new store, Plant Life Apothecary which will soon be opening its doors on Friday, Dec. 4 at 60 Main Street. Photo submitted.
The Turck family at their new store, Plant Life Apothecary which will soon be opening its doors on Friday, Dec. 4 at 60 Main Street. Photo submitted.

WINSTED — Plant Life Apothecary will soon be opening its doors on Friday, Dec. 4 at 60 Main Street.
The location is the former Mad River Music, which recently relocated right next door to 64 Main Street.
The co-owners of the store are Zack and Bird Turck, who recently relocated from New York City to Winsted in March.
The couple recently started a GoFundMe campaign to offset costs for real estate, inventory, online support, payroll, and legal fees.
According to the GoFundMe campaign information, Zack Turck is certified in Horticultural Therapy by the New York Botanical Garden.
Turck began his career by providing gardening therapy in the Rikers Island jail facility for several years.
In 2015, he founded a New York City-based urban gardening company Isaiah’s Figtree, which he continues to own and operate.
Bird Turck is a homeschooling mother, certified community birth worker, and lactation counselor.
The store will offer unique houseplants, air-purifying plants, medicinal plants, edible plants, native plants, herbal preparations including soaps and balms, and botanical artwork.
“We moved to Winsted from New York City because we wanted to find a way to slow down the pace of our lives,” Zack Turck said to The Winsted Phoenix. “We wanted to still be within a couple of hours of the city so I can still manage my gardening company and branch out up here in Winsted. I got into horticulture because I have always felt a special bond to nature. I have learned about the connection we all have with nature and the different ways it can be therapeutic and healing. It has intrigued me.”
“I have personally seen the healing power of plants and herbs first hand,” Bird Turck said. “I have had two children before and I am pregnant right now. For one of those pregnancies I didn’t use the power of herbs and it was a tough pregnancy. In the second pregnancy, I had a home birth and I delivered a 10-pound baby with no pharmaceuticals or medications. I am the testament to the healing powers of natural herbs.”
The Turcks said that they intend to have the store as a community space.
“We are looking to partner with people in the Northwest Corner so they can showcase their work and provide their expertise,” Bird Turck said. “We want this to be a hub where not only you can shop, but also to learn about the things that interest you.”
“We are very interested in sharing our knowledge and expertise,” Zack Turck said. “We also want this to be a place to buy high-quality plants.”
“I do want to stress to people that we are a small business,” Bird Turck added. “We want to be able to compete with the box stores in terms of price. However, we want to ensure the quality and care of our products, along with the educational pieces to it. That all comes with a price.”
Plant Life Apothecary will be open Wednesdays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information email plantlifeshop@gmail.com or call 860-909-1512
For their, GoFundMe go to https://gf.me/u/y8muqx

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