“We’ve always been big believers in independent retail in this country, and we wanted to add some colour and life to the Edmonton retail scene,” says Miranda. She and Ken are both landscape, design and plant care specialists, so joining forces to open Zocalo's doors in 2003 was a natural fit. ““We wanted to combine flowers and plants and a café together – and make it a celebration around a courtyard table.”
The next step was to scour the city for the perfect spot. Miranda and Ken found a great home in Edmonton’s Little Italy.
“We’ve lived in this neighbourhood for a very long time, so we love it,” she says. “There’s a great sense of community here.”
After being well-received by Edmontonians, Miranda and Ken expanded Zocalo to include an outdoor courtyard. In 2012, they also built a greenhouse so plants can keep growing year round.
Miranda and Ken’s quest to bring colour to their city’s retail scene extends beyond their courtyard and floral gallery. Zocalo supplies hanging flower baskets for the streets of Whyte Avenue, Alberta Avenue, Chinatown, Little Italy and 124th Street. “It’s nice to be able to add colour to the city as well,” remarks Miranda with a smile." >