Tidewater Farm and Garden Supply
Published 7:59 am Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Name of person featured: Brandon Christopher Watson, store manager
Name of Business: Tidewater Farm and Garden Supply
Street address: 21 East Windsor Blvd., Windsor
Phone number: (757) 242-4205
Operating hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nature of business: Farm, garden and feed supply
Principle owners: Dean and Jackie Blythe
Year founded: 1976
Prior locations: We’ve always been here.
Number of employees: Five
How’s business? We are very fortunate that business has stayed steady.
One thing you wish everyone knew about your business: This store has been a Purina dealer since the early 1940s; the Blythes continued to carry Purina when they purchased the business in the ’70s.
Something you offer that a customer won’t find elsewhere: We give personal attention to our customers. We know our products, and we wouldn’t sell you something we wouldn’t buy ourselves.
Advice to young entrepreneurs: Be sure you know and believe in your products.
Your first job: I’ve always worked here. I began working as a general clerk 7½ years ago.
Your role model (in business or in life generally): My mother. I admire her because of the way she raised me and made me the person I am today.
The key to a successful business is: Good employees, exceptional products and friendliness. That’s why we have such loyal customers and we have grown to care for them all.