Academy Florists Blossoms in New Location
“Flowers speak every language and reach every heart,” says
Irene Seaman, president and owner of Academy Florists, which this Thursday
celebrates its grand opening at 925 Corydon Ave.
“I love flowers. Even after all these years, every time I
open a box of flowers, my heart leaps.”
Flowers are a part of her and have been since the day she
was born. Her great-grandfather had greenhouses in Europe, and when the family
came to Canada, the first thing her father did was build greenhouses. When she
was 17, they added their first flower shop.
It’s a lot of fun – you get to do creative things for every
occasion – whether a wedding, birthday, funeral, graduation or party, she says.
And she’s really excited about her new location.
Their warehouse and main office, which were on Scurfield
Boulevard, and their store, which was at Kenaston and Grant, have been
The timing for the move couldn’t have been better – their
rent was going up, vacant buildings around their Kenaston store meant less
traffic and Ormistons Florist on Corydon was trying to sell its business.
“We took over their (Ormistons’) location, gutted the store
and sold our other locations. We have our offices here, the warehouse in back,
a storefront and work area,” Seaman says.
“Already the move has resulted in more business. It’s an
easier location to get at … it’s more central, and Corydon is a very popular
street … more drive-by traffic. We love it here.”
Although they moved back in July, they decided it would be
nice to combine their grand opening with their Christmas open house. The
Chamber is pleased to help celebrate the occasion with a ribbon cutting at 6
p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 21). Eight Chamber Ambassadors will be attending, along
with Chamber staff.
“It’s a great business,” Seaman says, although now that the
weather has changed it can be challenging.
“The most difficult part of the business is you’re dealing
with a perishable product. Cold weather is a challenge … flowers freeze and you
have to wrap them in three or four layers of plastic. But sometimes heat is
just as bad.”
You just have to keep watch on the weather, she says.
There are so many different flowers, some hardy and some not
“I love them all … my favourite flower changes every year.”