While we here at Wabash Valley Flower Shop take tremendous pride in providing beautiful, many times unique and personalized floral items, we are so much more than just a flower shop. In addition to our wide range of fresh and silk flower services, including weddings, funerals and all special occasions, we are also a gift shop with unique gift items for all. These items include Carson Windchimes, Willow Tree Figurines, Decorated Lanterns, Stepping Stones, Memory Boxes, Warm Glow Candles, Cheerful Giver Candles, Afghan Throws, House Plants, Garden & Patio pots (in season) and many more home decor and gift items.
A Little Bit of History...
The Wabash Valley Flower Shop first got it's start back in the late 1940s. It was owned by Vera Byers. In the early 1950s, Vera sold the shop to Georgia Campbell, who along with her sister, ran and operated the flower shop until the late 1970s. Somewhere between 1977-1978, Georgia then sold the shop to the Dewlen family, who owned the shop until January 31st, 1981.
Alan and Margaret Woodrow | Owners since February 1, 1981
Prior to owning Wabash Valley Flower Shop, Alan Woodrow was a local farmer while his wife, Margaret, worked for Dr. EJ Martin while simultaneously running "The Potting Shed" from her home. Once they took over on February 1, 1981, the shop was run by Margaret's mother, LaVerne Cox, herself, and Rosetta Martin. LaVerne was in charge of the bookkeeping, Rosetta was in charge of the floral arrangements, and Margaret was in charge of deliveries while learning how to become a florist.
All four of Alan and Margaret's children (Amy Hay, Lisa Haley, Roger Woodrow and David Woodrow) have helped out at the flower shop at some point during their childhood and adolescent years. Lisa began working as a florist after her high school graduation. Currently, Lisa Haley is managing both the business side of the flower shop in addition to creating beautiful arrangements. Assisting Lisa in the shop are two additional outstanding ladies - Ginger White & Renee Nickel.
In Margaret's Words...
We were able to purchase the flower shop with the help of my mother and the local savings and loan bank. We started with $500 in capital and great hope. Our first wedding was fourteen days after the purchase of the shop (which was also Valentine's Day). All of our children helped at the shop when they were little. Lisa came to work for us after high school. I was learning to juggle being a parent, a grandparent, and running a business all at once during those early years. Rosetta was an amazing teacher when it came to floral design. When she retired in 1989 we were sad, but grateful for all we learned from her. When my mother became ill in 1993 and ultimately passed away in January 1994, I did my best to work as much as I could at the shop while taking care of her. It helped knowing that Lisa had a handle on things at the shop - it is always in good hands with her.