Mankato’s Hilltop Florist is closing. It will be missed.

From its location atop Madison Avenue it has been a purveyor of beauty in our community for well over 100 years. Family businesses have a way of taking on a life of their own, growing and developing like a beloved offspring tended by owners and staff. The final days are accompanied by a sense of great loss. After decades of attending to and enhancing many of life’s most celebrated moments, Hilltop Florist’s time has come to an end.

This has been an agonizing decision for Kathy, Larry and Noel Van Tol, but by any measure their “baby” has had a life of unexcelled success.

One way to acknowledge this passing is by stopping in and expressing appreciation for all those iconic years as a historic part of Mankato, to let them know that Hilltop Florist will be remembered and missed. (No need to send flowers in this case.)

Gayle Daggett

Mankato

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