Making The Decision

We knew we wanted to start our own landscape company in 2002 but we didn’t know when we’d actually do it.

If you’re like us, there’s not a lot of fanfare in the moments that major decisions are made. They don’t occur in a vacuum or without context, but they have often come to us without warning, catching us unawares.

And that weekday morning in March 2003 was no different.

Craig was dropping me off at my brand-new human resources job in Chicago as he was then going to drive to his brand-new landscaping job in the ‘burbs.

At the stoplight of Foster and Kedzie he looked at me and said, “I’m going to quit my job today and start Topiarius.”

I said, “Let’s do it. I’m fine eating mac ‘n cheese for a while.”

And so with a few sentences and a full mixture of trepidation and nervousness, Topiarius got started

Craig and Sara 2003
Craig and Sara 2003

If you haven’t done the math yet, this March 2023, Topiarius is celebrating its 20th year!

As the year unfolds, so will our story of how we got to where we are. You’re going to want to keep your eyes peeled for these emails each month.

I mean… the next best thing to being an entrepreneur is to read about someone else’s journey! All the fun and none of the stress! Ha!

For History, part 2 of 7, click here.

Want to know what was happening in 2003? Click here.



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