ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A new business opened in Rochester Saturday. Rootz of Inspiration sells local art, handmade gifts and, most importantly, succulents.
"Learning how to take care of a plant is is a world in itself, especially for people with disabilities," said Jeremy Westrum, founder of Rootz of Inspiration.
He knows from experience. Five years ago, he suffered a stroke. He was unable to work for a year and had to learn how to speak again.
"I couldn't function very well at all," he said. "It took a lot for me to figure out how to do that."
Westrum says taking care of succulents helped him through his recovery.
"He's come a long way," said his mother Barb. "This is his dream come true."
Opening a business at the height of the pandemic hasn't been easy, but Westrum has been able to sell most of his products online. Pre-COVID, he shared his passion for succulents with others, teaching individuals with disabilities how to care for these plants.