New Orleans is home to many family-owned businesses, but Perino's Home & Garden Center has truly stood the test of time. Started by Sam Perino in 1949, the Metairie plant shop continues to grow and evolve with each generation.
Perino opened his first business Uptown after returning home from serving as a Naval Aviator in WWII. The shop began as a 24-hour grocery, produce, and cut flower market. He eventually added plants into the mix, which led to the launch of Perino's Nursery. In 1955, Perino's Nursery opened in its current location on Veterans Boulevard and Causeway Boulevard, just one year after the Causeway Bridge was completed.
His sons, Sal "Buddy" and Peter, joined the family business in the 70s after receiving degrees in horticulture. In 2011, Buddy's first daughter joined the business, shortly followed by Buddy and Peter's other daughters, totaling in five of Sam's granddaughters working at Perino's. Each manages a different area of business, and their unique talents and skillsets have increased business.
"While the older two generations certainly laid the groundwork and created a healthy, stable business, the younger generation has really been able to focus on [things like] diversifying product offerings, merchandising product, social media marketing, and updating the POS system," Megan Perino Scully, the Operations Manager of Perino's.
Perino's Home & Garden Center carries close to 1,000 different plants and has the most extensive selection of plants in the area—ideal for gardeners of all levels. They also only carry plants that will perform well in the city's climate. Perino's gift shop has continued to grow over the years and now carries everything from jewelry to furniture to holiday decorations. The granddaughters have also spearheaded a total interior renovation to the store, which included new flooring, paint, checkout and gift counters, and a bathroom renovation.
"We are excited about the direction the business is headed in and can't wait for you to see our fresh new look!"
Perino's Home & Garden Center is located at 3100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002.