ELIZABETHTOWN — The torch has been passed at Elizabethtown Florist as Glenda McLamb has decided to sell the shop to Dale and Ruth Rice Haskins.
“They are very talented and they have the same staff I had. They will build the business on relationships just as I did and they have a love for the flower business,” said McLamb. “They are so willing to offer service to you and to go above and beyond to do a great job.”
According to a press release from Rice, she was engaged at the time to her husband and discussed the possibility of buying the florist with him. After prayer and discussion, the couple decided to go through with the deal.
“The two bring to the blessed Elizabethtown Florist a fresh vision and exciting life,” reads the release. “Dale and Ruth ask, ‘What can we do to make something precious, special and perfect just for you?’”
McLamb said she plans to focus more of her time on the Merle Norman studio adjacent to the florist.
“Elizabethtown has been good to me. The county has also been good to me,” said McLamb. “The town has been easy to work with. I want to thank them for their love and support.”
McLamb opened the florist in 1984 after having worked for 10 years at another florist.
“I have weathered many years and times when the economy would take a turn. In the low times I felt helpless. There were times I felt like I couldn’t have gone on with out the help of the Lord,” said McLamb. “He taught to me to trust in Him when things felt hopeless.”
She said she felt the florist was a ministry.
“I saw many miracles during those years. Prayers were answered in unexpected ways,” said McLamb. “We helped customers convey their feelings through flowers.”
She added, “God allowed me to share in the lives of people from the birth of a baby to the celebrations of birthdays, all their good times and happy times. The Lord let me seal their pain at the loss of a loved one and he allowed me to watch their children grow up and allowed me to do some of their weddings.”
McLamb also took time to thank the people who have worked with her through the years.
“We had very little turnover in employees. Many of them worked 20-plus years,” said McLamb.
She also thanked her family and friends for helping the florist to achieve what it did as well as taking a moment to thank the many vendors who made certain fresh flowers were always at the ready.
McLamb said she will continue to operate her Merle Norman Studio and has expanded the line.
“We have expanded our floor space and added new products,” said McLamb.
She explained that Merle Norman cosmetics have been around since the 1920s and that many women who use it have a much more youthful appearance. She added the company offers a “try before you buy” program so that folks can try on new colors and test different products to find what works and what doesn’t with their particular skin type.
“I will still be working one-on-one with people and that’s important,” said McLamb.
She added the pace will just be a little slower at the Merle Norman Studio than working in the florist.
“I won’t be quite so pushed,” said McLamb.