Flower shops have been in Mobile for centuries!
Flowers are so important to Mobile, Alabama! Mobile has ample events where flowers are essential. The earliest Mobile City Business Directory in 1869, listed 5 Flower Shops in the Mobile City Limits. At the time, the city limits were smaller than the current downtown area. In my opinion, that’s a lot of shops!
For this article, I did not look at the population or economic situation of Mobile. I only looked through the Mobile City Business Directories. In 1869, there were 5 flower shops. In 1891 that number grew to 12 flower shops. In 1900, the City Directory listed 10 florists. In 1910, the number of flower shops fell to 5 flower shops. In 1920, the number grew even smaller with only 3 flowers shops listed in the Mobile City Directory.
Let’s looks at the present flower shop market in Mobile. The oldest florist is Zimlich the Florist. The business started as vegetable and flower growers. Floral designs were created by the children of Mr. Zimlich’s large family. The business was sold outside family members in the 1970’s. Descendants of this large family continue floral designs at Elizbeth’s Gardens here in Mobile.
Another ongoing florist in Mobile opened in 1948. Cleveland’s started on Stone Street. Over the years Cleveland had many locations and are currently on Old Shell Road near McGregor. There are many shops in the Mobile area that have been open for over 4o years, this includes Belle Bouquet Florist, LeRoy’s Florist, and Rose Bud Flowers.
This list of flower shops is for businesses that are full service. Meaning, they are open during established business hours. This are a few of the floral artists that create the designs that enhance the scenery of special events.
When was the last time you visited a Flower Shop?
Some people will tell you there’s no money in fresh flowers. If this is true, why do so many retailers add flowers to their product line during a holiday?
Flowers are available year-round in grocery stores and flower shops. Which fits your needs? Grocery stores can be fantastic for everyday flower use. But, for special occasions a florist makes a bigger impression!
Let’s look at Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a day to impress your loved one. Most flower deliveries on Valentine’s Day are to places of business. Why? In my opinion, it is because the whole office notices and comments on the arrival of a flower delivery! Another time to really make an impression with flowers is Mother’s Day! It doesn’t necessarily have to be an elaborate arrangement. An arrangement of fresh flowers is as noticed as a dozen roses. I think it is noticed that a person took the time to make sure a delivery was made to their loved one!
The best way to order fresh flowers is still over the phone. This gives one a clear look at the availability for the occasion . There are many choices for a flower delivery. Ask a florist for options. In Mobile, there is a variety of talent to choose from! Look online for phone numbers and call the florist. This insures that you order is received and can confine the fresh flowers to be delivered. It also creates a relationship with the florist.
Selecting Roses . . .
Roses are very plentiful, and in various stages.
Roses are available in many venues, especially during Valentine’s Day! They are also in different stages in the life of a bloom. Becoming aware of the different stages of a rose bloom can add longevity to an arrangement.
Roses can be cut in the early bloom stage. This occurs when the bud is tight and the center is very firm. When this occurs, occasionally the bud will not open. In a slightly later stage, the outer petals of the bloom begin to open with the center of the bloom is still firm
As the rose begins to mature, the petals will open fuller. How fast the bloom opens depends on the conditions of it’s surroundings. Rose arrangements placed in direct sunlight, heat vents, or on heated surfaces will open faster. Arrangements do best in cooler environments, away from direct sunlight.