In late September, 1989, Tayama was asked to be a founding tenant in the newly formed "San Diego International Floral Trade Center". At the time, we selected our youngest LA Store employee to be the new manager of this Carlsbad location. His name was and is Kregh Tatebe. He successfully ran and grew our Carlsbad location business from 1989 until December, 2012 when he bought the store assets, and renamed and opened for business on January 2, 2013 under the name of KT Orchids and Tropicals. We are proud of Kregh, and happy that he has this opportunity to grow the business under his ownership, while at the same time continuing to handle our Tayama-grown product!
Below: Picture of Kregh Tatebe(Left) and Mike Kimura (Right) at the Tayama Carlsbad Store Location Grand Opening, September, 1989. (Boy, were we young!)
Below is present day staff of KT Orchids and Tropicals:
From Left to Right
Lori Goddard, Julian Vasquez, Kregh Tatebe