A Spilsby florist is celebrating 20 years of making bouquets - including those to get partners out of trouble!
Kind Thoughts, found in Cornhill just off the High Street, was named by owner Margaret Green’s late husband, Alan, and opened in 1994.
The 20th anniversary was marked with celebratory wine, cake and nibbles in the shop.
“A lot of the business people in the town popped in to see us and congratulated us, which was lovely,” said Margaret.
“I think today has helped some of them to stay positive and show what can be done with the economic climate as it is.”
Margaret believes that the key to her success has been offering a personal touch.
Margaret, who runs the shop with help from daughter Sarah Green-Hill and staff Wendy Infield and Jenavive Ellerby, said she has made many friends through the shop and at one time it even had its own football and rounders teams.
The florist has kept a solid customer base locally and regularly has orders from those who have moved away or gone abroad.
“I think it helps when customers know who we are.
“I often end up having a really good chat and a catch up with them as they order and I am even happy to go and visit people at home during the more unhappy occasions or if they just do not want to conduct business in the shop,” said Margaret.
Margaret enjoys using some of the more unusual flowers in arrangements when she can, taking great pride in presentations, with flowers coming from as far as Australia, Africa and America.
One thing that has always amused Margaret is how busy the shop gets with gentleman on Mondays.
She said: “It’s traditionally a busy day for the ‘sorry bouquet’ and our shop has provided a valuable service helping the gentleman of the town.”