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Photo by Diane Cox
Jeffrey McElroy (seated) holds Ralphie and is accompanied two employees, Peggy Himmel (right), who has worked at Jeffrey’s Flowers by Design for four years; and June Retger, a Jeffrey’s florist for 10 years.
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Photo by Diane Cox
Jeffrey’s Flowers by Design is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a Christmas open house from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.
WOOD RIVER — The Halloween jack-o-lanterns are tucked away for another year, allowing the Christmas spirit to kick into high gear at Jeffrey’s.
Jeffrey McElroy, owner of Jeffrey’s Flowers by Design at 322 Wesley Drive in Wood River, has invited customers to attend the 10th annual Christmas open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, to ring in the holiday season and celebrate the store’s 10th anniversary.
“I don’t know of too many flower shops who kick off their holiday season with an open house anymore,” McElroy said. “We will have specials throughout the day and customers will receive 15 percent off all purchases. The first 500 guests will receive a special gift in honor of our anniversary.”
The showroom is being transformed into a fragrant winter wonderland trimmed with Christmas decorations on more than a dozen trees, fireplaces, chandeliers and holiday elves.
Ralphie, McElroy’s Yorkshire terrier, will be on hand to welcome new and seasoned guests to the shop.
Jeffrey’s Flowers by Design took shape in 2005 when McElroy took a leap into business ownership after logging 42 years of experience at Dick’s Flowers. McElroy employs six full-time employees, some who have been with the business since the day it opened.
“After spending 32 years at one location, I was ready for a change of direction in my life,” McElroy said. “Flower design and running a florist shop is the only thing I’ve ever known how to do. That’s what I’ve done my whole life and this was the best move I’ve ever made. I knew I couldn’t leave the flower business and go work on something like computers. This is what I’ve always done, and so it made sense to become my own boss.”
Jeffrey’s Flowers by Design is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday. If flowers or plants are needed for a funeral that would be held on Sunday, Jeffrey’s will make the Sunday delivery as long as the order is placed before close of business on Saturday.
For information, call (618) 259-6292.