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December 5, 2012

A store of inspiration: Hilltop Florist still grows its own

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MANKATO —

Noel: I call it instant gratification. When someone comes in the store, you can tell how happy they are because they’re buying flowers and they’re going to present them to somebody. You’ve made a difference in someone’s life and they’ll make a difference in someone else’s life. That happens all day long.

 

MVB: What about weddings?

Kathy: Weddings are a lot of fun, a lot of work trying to make someone’s perfect day. I haven’t had any Bridezillas. It’s always been a positive part of our business. Each wedding we try to create something new and different. It’s very personalized. Today the grooms are getting more involved. Sometimes they have good ideas or bring a lot of humor. It’s fun having grooms being involved in the decisions.

 

MVB: What would you like people to know about Hilltop Florist?

Noel: There’s something about a flower shop that sometimes people are intimidated by. They’re afraid to come in the door. We encourage people to come in and browse, walk in the greenhouse. There’s no pressure to spend money. We want people to know what a treasure a greenhouse is and we want to share it.

Larry: It raises spirits.

Kathy: Visually all your senses are stimulated. People browse our greenhouse just smelling the dirt. It’s a store of inspiration.

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