Recession proof?

You have heard in the past how the garden center business is recession proof? Is that true today? I certainly don't think so, but we are here and the circumstances we face may be different than other garden centers face. I will say this last week has been one of the slowest I have seen when it wasn't raining. To be fair it's been quite hot here as of late. Temperatures in the high eighties does not make one think of fall planting. Never the less you can almost taste the fear out there. People are pulling back and making important financial decisions. Is this what's happening in the rest of the country? What is your take on what's going on and what the future has in store? What are you doing to stand out and get people to think of the garden center?

We have found that you have to give people a reason to come to the nursery. It's easy to say, "no, I don't have the extra money to spend, why go there?" We know that we are like a candy shop, once your in you can't resist. How do you get them in? And is it working?