New owner ‘rose’ to the occasion
AFTER seven years, the time has come for Hayley Rodgers to move on from the one and only florist in town – Floral Nook.
Mrs Rodgers told The Western Star it’s time she had a break and spent more quality time with her family, saying she knows the business will be left in the “very capable” hands of new owner, Courtney Taylor.
“I’ve been at the florist for seven years and before that, I owned a cleaning business for about 14 years,” Mrs Rodgers said.
“So it was a bit weird the other day when I was technically ‘unemployed’ for the first time in twenty years.
“But I’ll still be here (the florist) working casually – about five days but only until midday or so, helping out.
“That way, I’ll get the best of both worlds – I’ll still be involved but I’ll be happy to leave the bookwork aside and not have to work weekends and just spend more time with family and go on holidays,” she joked.
Similarly, Mrs Rodgers’ daughter, Maddie, has also moved on from the florist.
“Maddie has always been around helping mum and she’s thoroughly enjoyed it but I knew it was time she moved on and also found her feet.”
The new owner said she’s looking forward to a “new beginning and adventure” after working at her previous job for over a decade.
“It’s already been so busy and I’m loving it so far,” Ms Taylor said.
“Mum told me about this place up for sale about a year ago, then other people mentioned it to me so I thought why not give it a crack and try something different.
“I’ve been working with my hands at the joinery for so many years, and I know I’m not an office person, so I thought why not try floristry.”
As a mother of two, Ms Taylor said she understands it can be a struggle to find certain items for kids or present ideas for new mums.
“I hope to provide a few more options for mothers – I’ve already got the baby biscuits in,” she said.
“We also do up a variety of hampers and welcome anyone to come in and see the options available.”