DRACUT — It takes a certain flair, a delicate touch and a keen eye for detail, to create that perfect flower arrangement to fit the occasion.
“It takes a passion,” says Karen Pierce, the new owner of Forget Me Not Florist, located in the Bridgewood Plaza at 1794 Bridge St., in Dracut. “I just love beautiful things. I love creating beautiful things.”
Pierce and her partner, Lee Anne Mead, officially took over the well-established flower shop on Feb. 18. They bought the venture off of Kathy Sorensen, who had been in that location for about five years, after almost 15 years on Stedman Street in Lowell.
“Kathy did a tremendous job and built an excellent clientele,” says Pierce. “We intend on continuing that reputation.”
The women were in the shop during the Valentine’s Day rush, helping out, but didn’t officially take over until the following Monday.
“Valentine’s Day is the busiest day of the year in this business and we kind of wanted to get our feet wet first,” said Mead. “We didn’t want to be known as the new owners who messed up the orders.”
Both women have backgrounds in horticulture. Mead attended the Cass School of Floral Design in Watertown. Pierce has worked privately for years, providing flowers and centerpieces, and floral decorations for a countless number of events. The women met at Jones Farm in Chelmsford several years ago, where they were both working part time. They also knew each other from the Vesper Country Club in Tyngsboro, having collaborated in decorating the clubhouse on special occasions.
“Forget Me Not Florist is well known,” Pierce says. “And you take the number of people we both know and I’m sure we can build it up. Easter is on its way and then there’s Mother’s Day, weddings, proms. We’ll be very busy.”
Mead is single, but Pierce has a husband, a son, a daughter-in-law and an granddaughter that she intends to recruit to help around the shop or to make deliveries.
“It’s payback time,” she laughs. “Time to cash in on all the things I’ve done for them over the years.”
They have a little apron all ready for Pierce’s 8-year-old granddaughter, Makayla.
Although new to the business, Pierce and Mead are not new to the art of creating a bouquet or a floral arrangement meet every need. The women know their way around vase arrangements, centerpieces, party and novelty arrangements, hand-tied bouquets, corsages, hairpieces for wedding parties, aisle markers and more. They also offer planters and garden baskets and, of course, complete funeral designs and sympathy arrangements. All done with a personal touch.
Their flowers are fresh. It is not uncommon to find Pierce at the Boston Flower Exchange at 5 a.m. stocking her supply from the wholesalers on Albany Street.
“Sometimes it’s easier just to go down to Boston and get them, rather that waiting for them to deliver up here,” Pierce says.
“This is something we’ve always wanted to do,” says Mead. “We’ve known each other for years and we’ve always talked about having our own flower shop. (Former owner Kathy Sorensen) had a dream and we have made the dream our own.”
Forget Me Not Florist is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To contact Forget Me Not Florist, call 978-441-3000 or visit their Website at www.forgetmenotflorist.org.
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