HJ Benken Florist, Home & Garden Center

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Contact Name: Kathy Benken, Owner

Business Address: 6000 Plainfield Rd Cincinnati, OH 45213

Website: http://www.benkens.com

Business Phone: 513-891-1040

Business Description: A family business since 1939, H.J. Benken is celebrating their 80th year in business in 2019. With one location at 6000 Plainfield Rd in Silverton, the 37-acre business is the largest florist, greenhouse and garden center in Cincinnati.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
Michael grew up in the business, tagging behind his Grandpa Harry, digging in the soil bins and playing hide and seek in the greenhouses. My father was an avid gardener and my childhood was spent at his side
as he tended his Peace roses and vegetable plantings.
We were a natural fit for the hard work that lay ahead.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
Michael and I were both searching for meaning in our life and for a Church to feed the need we were beginning to experience when he was invited to go to Nigeria with a small group from Grace Chapel. It was there that he saw the power of prayer in action and the belief that God would answer those prayers. And boy, did He answer!

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
Working with family on a daily basis can be challenging, and we (my husband Mike and I) are trying by our words and actions to leave a legacy founded in love and mutual respect.  We both have tried since coming to Christ to share our faith with our employees and in our interactions with customers, as well. 
We support and give back to our local community, schools and churches and special causes.

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