Twigs & Figs

New shop brings plants and people together

By Jodi Werner Greenwald | Photo by Shrimp & Grisettes

Twigs & Figs opened n Ballantyne Commons East over Labor Day weekend. Treena Chaudhuri, 23, and her father, Kausik, 55, have created a refreshing, inclusive shop where you can buy houseplants and grab a drink at the bar. The community has quickly embraced the store’s workshops, gifts and décor. Treena tells us more.

What was your creative spark to start this business?

Twigs & Figs was born from many family brainstorms. We realized the things that brought us joy — existing amongst nature, being creative and entertaining our friends — can live together in an incredible way.

What’s it like working with your father?

Working with family always has its challenges, but working with my dad is something I’m forever grateful for. We balance each other out and make a great team. We’re both creative in very different but complementary ways.

How did you choose Ballantyne?

I grew up in Ballantyne. It’s where my family set down their roots. We wanted to share our passion with the community that helped us become who we are. It’s heartwarming seeing our neighbors, old classmates and longtime friends visit the shop.

What did you do previously?

I used to teach young adults at a local nonprofit here in Charlotte. My students were my everything! My dad has worked in technology for the last several decades.

What’s coming up?

We have so many festivities planned for the season! Holiday workshops, gift boxes, yoga classes and plant swaps are a few things you can look forward to.

Tell us more about Twigs & Figs’ spirit of inclusivity.

Equity and inclusivity are critical to the story of T&F. As a minority-led company, we have lived the everyday reality of being marginalized people and need to do our part in uplifting others. Our shop is a space where folks of all identities, backgrounds and experiences are celebrated. We will also partner with local nonprofits already doing incredible work for our community members.

How do plants become a creative endeavor?

I believe Mother Nature is the biggest inspiration in all art. Humans have explored the desire to create since the beginning of our existence. And we used the Earth around us to do that. Using plants as a creative form allows us to connect deeply with the most human parts of ourselves.

Anything else to share with our readers?

Thank you for embracing Twigs & Figs with open arms. We’re excited to grow alongside you!

Find Twigs & Figs on Instagram and Facebook @twigsandfigs and online at twigsandfigs.co.

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