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From Ag class to floral aspiration

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By Doug Ponder

Erica Vaughn drove past the old white house at 618 South Lincoln Boulevard every day when she was a child and thought to herself, “I would love to live in that home one day.”

Fast forward to the present, Vaughn now lives and runs her floral and gift shop out of that same house.

Vaughn, a 2002 LaRue County High School graduate, became interested in floral arrangement while taking agriculture classes in high school.

“We did different modules in Ag classes; my favorite was horticulture. I loved doing the dry flower arrangements. That always stuck in the back of my head.”

She was working at Allen’s Heating and Air as a book-keeper when her husband, State Trooper Jonathan Vaughn, encouraged her to do what she loved.

“I started taking night classes at Western Kentucky University, while I was still working at Allen’s.” Vaughn said.

With a floral business in mind the couple began to look for a house that they could live in and use as Vaughn’s business.

“When we were looking at the house we knew it was perfect; it just had the right feel.” Vaughn said.

They bought the house in 2012 and gutted everything, down to the studs.

“We’ve done a lot of work to the place, most of the work we’ve done ourselves.” Vaughn said,

“It’s been a family effort, my husband and my parents have been very supportive.” Erica’s parents, Alvin and Janet Skaggs make deliveries and help out around the shop.”

Vaughn House Flowers opened in September of 2014.

Approaching the one-year anniversary of opening, Vaughn feels better prepared for the coming seasons. “It’s been a really good first year,” said Vaughn, “I’ve learned a lot and I’m getting to know what customers want. I love talking to my customers and getting to know them; It helps me better understand their style.”

When asked what she liked best about her business Vaughn replied, “I love decorating for Fall and all the rich colors.”

Vaughn House Flowers is a full service florist; they do weddings, anniversaries, funerals, fresh flowers, and offer a wide variety of gifts and décor.

Business hours are Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone number is 270-358 ROSE (7673) or email vaughnhouseflowers@windstream.net, you can also visit their website, vaughhouseflowers.com.