Franklin Lawn & Garden Center and Justin’s Lawn Service

Published 8:29 am Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Name of person featured: Justin Overby, owner

Name of business: Franklin Lawn & Garden Center and Justin’s Lawn Service

Street address: 26433 Crossroads Drive, Franklin

Phone number: (757) 562-0186

Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, open on Sundays seasonally

E-mail address:

Nature of Business: Complete service lawn and landscape — full service garden center

Year Founded: Lawn service 1997, garden center 2003

Prior Location: 111 Commerce Park Road, Franklin

Number of employees: Approximately 13

How’s business? Like most businesses, slow — but looking forward to fall. People will be looking forward to cool weather, seasonal color for the yard and a time to just get out and enjoy fall.

One thing you wish everyone knew about your business: That we have moved — lots of people still don’t know that we moved from Commerce Park Road over a year ago.

Something you offer that a customer won’t find elsewhere: Come visit us in the country. We have the willingness to go the second mile to find what customers want.

Advice to young entrepreneurs: Be willing to hang in there through the tough times.

Your first job: Cutting grass. My grandmother helped me purchase my first lawnmower at the age of 12.

Your role model (in business or in life generally): Too many to name. All people in some ways affect your character. That is why it is important to treat others as you want to be treated.

The key to a successful business is: Your customers are your greatest asset. Treat them with respect and they will continue to support you.