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The flower shop in downtown Ottawa is finally ready to open after more than three years of construction.
The first flower shop to open in Canada in more than a decade is now open at the former Ottawa City Hall on Queen Street.
Owner Chris Taggart said he is happy to finally be open.
“It’s a very special day, it’s the beginning of a new chapter in my life,” he said.
“I can’t wait to share it with everyone, it has been an amazing experience for me, I have been a flower shop owner since I was about nine years old.”
This is my dream, I just want to show people that Ottawa is a beautiful city and the people are fantastic.
“Taggart, who is the president of the Canadian Flower Growers Association, says he has been growing his own flowers for almost 10 years and was the first one in Canada to open a flower store.”
We have to have a few more years to get things ready to go and I think I can get through this one,” he added.
The shop, which will include a coffee bar, will open with a menu of baked goods, fresh salads, and desserts.
Taggarts plans to have some of the flowers in the shop ready to sell by the end of the year.”
The first batch of flowers that I will be ready to ship out, by the middle of next week, are going to be up for sale,” he told CBC News.”
There are a lot of flower shops that are going out of business right now.
“And so, I think that is going to allow me to keep going and see what I can do and make sure I have a successful business, that I can make a living out of.”
Terrified customers will have to wait for the shop to reopen.
Taffy McEwen lives in the neighbourhood and has had a hard time adjusting to the new flower shop.
“You have to be careful, it could be a bomb,” she said.
But she said she is confident the new shop will be a positive change for the neighbourhood.
“When you have people coming here to buy flowers you can just see that the whole neighbourhood is excited about it,” she explained.
“They will be able to feel comfortable and be able enjoy their day.”