LOS ANGELES — The owners of a Louisiana flower shop said Saturday they are lucky to find one that is close to home.
Rose and Mike Loomis opened Flower Shop and Garden in St. Mary Parish in 2012, just days after their father died.
They said they’re just now starting to get used to the “big brother” of their business, the city’s Flower and Garden District, where they serve customers who come from all over the state.
“When we opened the shop, we never really expected to be here, and then suddenly we got a phone call and got the call from the Flower District asking us if we were open,” Rose Loomi said.
“We thought, ‘We have to do this, we have to make this happen.'”
The couple opened Flower and Gardener in 2014 and it has grown to serve customers from all parts of the state, including Baton Rouge, New Orleans and St. Tammany Parish.
Loomises said the flowers they sell are sold in stores across the country.
“The number one thing that we really value is being able to have people come into our store, and we have a good customer service department,” Rose said.
The Loomists said they’ve seen the business expand to include more customers and a full-service garden, but they said the business also continues to cater to their local customers, who come in for flower orders, flower cleaning, flowers for weddings, bouquets, and other flowers.
“We don’t have any big plans to expand,” Rose added.
“It’s a business that has been a part of our family, and so it’s been a big deal to us.”
The Lompises said they plan to open another flower shop soon.