How it all began…
Twenty-eight years. Who would have thought?
Cindy originally partnered with The Flower Barrel owner, Julie Jarecki, to get on her feet for the first eight months of the store being open. The store was initially located (if you have ever been to St. Edward) in the old Big Iron or Stock Reality & Auction building (210 Beaver Street). The building was open and had quite the unique characteristics, including an open stairway and upstairs. Her only regret is moving buildings now—but financially at the time it made more sense to purchase the building we are in now (315 Beaver Street), instead of rent.
When she opened her best sellers were the basics: flowers, plants, balloons and silks. Not much has changed 28 years later. Much of her décor was dried floral arrangements (which she says she was not a fan of) and country—not primitive but country. The colors ‘country blue’ and burgundy were all the rage and modern décor was not even a thing (GASP). She also sold a lot of ceramics that she made herself—yes she had a kiln and everything in her basement!