Making flowers personal

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By Doug Ponder

Making flowers more personal to those who receive them is what one local flower shop strives to do everyday.

Upton Florist is a floral shop that is located on 100 North Walnut Street in Upton. The shop features a wide variety of fresh flowers, plants, quilts, wind chimes, baskets, candles, bird houses, porcelain angels and more. The items sold at Upton Florist can be used for funerals, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, Mother’s Day or for any other special occasion.

Owner Donna Patterson Guggisberg has worked at the flower shop since 1998 and she bought it from former owner Roger Dennis in August 2010.

“The building we are in has been here for decades and it has been a little bit of everything, from a pool hall to a grocery store,” Guggisberg said. “Roger is also a professor at WKU. One day he came in and said that he couldn’t continue to do them both. He said he wanted to sell it, so I ended up buying it.”

Guggisberg said that flowers are something that “puts a smile on peoples’ faces or touches their hearts.” That is what they strive to do everyday at Upton Florist.

“I see flowers as a way to help people and the ‘just because’ flowers are great,” Guggisberg said. “We have had men come in the store to buy flowers for their wives, not because they are in the doghouse, but because they just wanted to do something special for them.”

Guggisberg said they do a lot of traditional arrangements, but that they also like to “personalize” their flowers and items for each specific person or family.

“We like doing unusual and special stuff. We had a family one time that wanted something special for a man that passed away who owned a tire shop, so we made a flower arrangement with a tire,” Guggisberg said. “We had a guy pass away who liked horses, so we made a flower arrangement with a saddle and cowboy boots. Another guy who passed away liked golf so we made the casket flower arrangement with golf clubs. We always strive to make the flower arrangements personal and special for them.”

Guggisberg has help in the shop from her husband Kenny, who maintains deliveries for the shop, and Marita Walters, who has been working at Upton Florist since 2004. Walters is referred to by her fellow employees and customers as the “silk queen” as she works on a lot of the silk flower arrangements and items.

“I enjoy being creative and we are more than just a shop that makes flowers. I have made arrangements with personalized items that families bring in like tablecloths, couch cushions, clothes and other things like that,” Walters said. “If you bring it to us, we can put flowers in it and make it look good.”

Guggisberg went on to say that Upton Florist has a broad customer base due to their central location between Hardin, LaRue, Hart and Grayson Counties. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information call 270-369-7676 or visit www.uptonfloristandgardencenter.com