Archive for Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Area’s growth helps create incentive to purchase flower shop

June 7, 2006

Starting up in the floral business made sense.

Gloria Reischman, and her husband, Rick, bought Tonganoxie's Village Floral this month.

Gloria Reischman said the growth in the community was a selling point, as well as the business itself.

Susan and Calvin Quisenberry had owned and operated the floral shop at 528 E. Fourth St., since 1994.

"We had people already here in place, it's a very established business," Reischman said.

"Rick and I just wanted to stay involved in the community and we thought this was a good way of doing that."

The Reischman's didn't make a snap decision.

Gloria, an accountant who until mid-April worked for Richard Smith, and Rick, who works for Southern Star Gas Pipeline, did their homework before buying.

"We looked for three or four months before we said yes," Reischman said.

She said she knew up front that she would be working six days a week.

"I'm not afraid of hard work," said the 48-year-old Reischman. "I grew up on a farm, Rick and I both did. You do what you need to do to get the job done."

Reischman said she was glad the shop's employees -- Joann Brown, Barbara Larison and Hannah Heintzelman, are staying with the business. And she said, this week, Andrea Putthoff would come on board as well.

Gloria, the daughter of the late John and Mona Dwyer, grew up near McLouth. And Rick, the son of the late Dutch and Sylvia Reischman, grew up near Tonganoxie.

Reischman said the floral shop would be an outlet for her creativity. She likes to do painting and woodworking, as well as decorate her house. She sews, knits and crochets.

"I was looking for something to feed my creativity," she said.

And, though the flower shop will remain much the same as it has been -- with flowers and gifts -- Reischman said she's been having fun looking at catalogs.

"I'm looking at some different gift lines," Reischman said, adding "small gifts and unusual items."

The Reischmans have two grown sons, Chris, who lives in Colorado, and Brad, who lives in Tonganoxie. And both are getting married this year.

Brad and Laura Korb are planning a July wedding. Chris and Jena McCoy are planning theirs for October. The wedding plans were made before the couples knew Rick and Gloria would be buying a flower shop.

Gloria said she doesn't mind that someone else would handle the flowers for the weddings.

"I said 'You're not going to hurt my feelings,'" Gloria said. "I want to be able to sit back and enjoy your weddings without having to bring flowers in the back door.'"

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