This month we have connected with Tom Coolen, a business owner based in Eindhoven.
STEVEN BLANCO Q&A with Tom Coolen
What is one thing you’d like people to know about you and your business?
I own a business called Flessentuin, which consists of two main components: DIY terrarium kits available to purchase online at www.flessentuin.nl and ready-made green terrariums for retail at Loods 5, LYD, and greenwholesalers in the Netherlands and Belgium.
How did you get to know about Steven Blanco?
I got to know the owners of Steven Blanco because we both moved into our new workspace. We practically work in the same building in Eindhoven. I can say that they are my business neighbors. Fun fact: we also designed together with Bcy our tote and shopping bags (check them out!).
Also, I love their brand, and I think they make beautiful art and projects. I already have a number of their items in my collection. I genuinely hope for the best for them and their brand.
How has the pandemic changed you and your work?
At the time, I was working as a marketing manager at a tech company but then I started Flessentuin at the very start of the Covid outbreak. Despite all the misery that this pandemic has caused to the world, the lockdowns and restrictions have brought me a lot of sales online. It allowed my business to grow an online presence and get bigger eventually. During lockdown, we drastically had more time to work on our business and new projects; in fact, since April this year, I have been building full-time on the FLESSENTUIN and URBANJNGL brands.
Do you have anything exciting you’re currently working on that you’d like to share with us?
We are currently running a new brand, URBANJNGL. Our terrariums are now available in stores under this name. With Urbanjngl, we want to step into new international markets with of course our signature DIY terrariums but also sell interior pieces. Our sustainable, natural, and green items turn every home into an urban green jungle.
Visit their website www.urbanjngl.com to add a unique piece of green to your lovely and cozy home.
The Christmas holidays are just around the corner. Is there any plant or product from your shop you would recommend people gifting to their loved ones?
Any terrarium kit is fun to give as a gift. Check our website under the Feestdagen (Holidays) section for the perfect Christmas edition terrarium for a unique present to add green nature to your family and friends’ homes.