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Former Marinette Farm & Garden owners Pete Hass, left, and Connie Hass, right, pose with new owner Amanda Derusha and a decorative pot for Marinette’s downtown outside the business on Tuesday. Derusha, along with Jerry and Terri Derusha, purchased the business on May 3. 
EagleHerald/Emma Kuhn

Former Marinette Farm & Garden owners Pete Hass, left, and Connie Hass, right, pose with new owner Amanda Derusha and a decorative pot for Marinette’s downtown outside the business on Tuesday. Derusha, along with Jerry and Terri Derusha, purchased the business on May 3. 

MARINETTE — One of Marinette’s most beloved small businesses has some new faces at its helm. 

Marinette Farm & Garden, the farm, lawn, garden and pet supply store located at 630 Hattie St., has changed hands for the first time since 1999. Owners Connie and Pete Hass sold the business to newcomers Jerry, Terri and Amanda Derusha, with the switch effective as of May 3. 

Amanda Derusha and the Hasses were able to speak with the EagleHerald this week about the transition of ownership. While they are no longer running the store, Connie and Pete can still be found on the premises potting plants, driving the tractor and stacking feed bags as employees. 

“We wanted to be able to hand it over to a good family,” Connie Hass said. “It just worked out. ... They get the brand. It took us 20 years to build this brand, and it’s at its peak right now, so to be able to sell it to somebody that we like, and then get to work for somebody that we like and respect — it’s a win-win.” 

The Hasses and Derusha said both parties involved worked “very hard” to close the deal, with the help of Stephenson National Bank & Trust. 

“We’ve all shopped here forever,” Derusha said of her family’s decision to purchase the store. “Everything came together like it was meant to be.” 

Derusha said she was happy to be a part of the brand, and understood the importance and challenge of keeping a small business like Marinette Farm & Garden strong and locally involved. 

“This community is special,” she said. “After the #mymarinettemenominee movement, that just shows how important these businesses are to our community.” 

Right now, Derusha is focused on getting to know the “business as usual” of Marinette Farm & Garden, but she is looking forward to the future as well. 

“It’s being able to have the energy to evolve things, to grow and get bigger,” she said. “It’s something that we’re going to get into and evolve more and grow from there, but we also have to learn all the aspects of the business first — which is the best part about Pete and Connie sticking around for a while, because they have so much to teach.” 

“She gets to take it to the next level,” Connie Hass said. “She’s got the support, she’s got the energy.” 

The feedback Derusha and the Hasses have been receiving from the customers and the staff has been largely positive, and Derusha thanked the staff for their “smooth” transition. 

“We were given the same opportunity 20 years ago,” Pete Hass said. “Now it’s our turn to pass it on to the next generation.” 

For more information about Marinette Farm & Garden visit www.myfarmgarden.com.