MARSHALL - Kim Jergenson and Christine Lehman opened the BlueGreen Flower Shop in October 2010 with an alterations business in the back.
Now they're branching out into a new sideline, literally.
"We're creating a BlueGreen Corner for Kids," Lehman said. "We're building Jack's Beanstalk."
Jack is one of the shop cats. Lehman and Jergenson also run a cat and kitten rescue and adoption project out of the shop in cooperation with the Marshall Animal Clinic.
"We're all about rescuing cats, and kids," Jergenson said. "When we get done it'll be awesome. We'll have an oversized chair, books, toys, and the cats and kittens."
Jack's Beanstalk runs from floor to ceiling and is hollow inside.
There is an interior passage for cats that lead to two leaf perches cats can lie on.
"We were at a bookstore in Linden Hills in the Twin Cities called "Wild Rumpus," Lehman said. "They had a tree with a ladder next to it.
"I have the book 'Jack and the Beanstalk' by Mercer Meyer, and we thought 'Oh my God, let's do Jack's Beanstalk,'" she added.
Jergenson and Lehman each have two grown sons, all of whom loved Mercer Meyer's books as children.
"Kim's husband built the structure from 2-by-4s, and we're building it with chicken wire and paper mach," Lehman said.
The Kids Corner will carry books and a line of Melissa and Doug educational toys, and feature an oversized armchair for a storyteller.
"We've already had day care providers ask if they can come by and have storytelling," Lehman said.
And there's no telling what else the pair will come up with.
"We've had flower arranging classes for kids," Jergenson said.
Jergenson and Lehman started building the beanstalk about six weeks ago and said it'll be finished by Crazy Days on Thursday.