Sisters move flower shop, luncheonette on Broadway
by Clarke Davis
Sisters Julie Brink and Jo Tichenor are inviting the public to an open house this weekend at their new business venture, Aahhh Some Blossom.
The women have purchased their aunt June Huston’s flower business and moved it from her home on west Broadway to a former gas station on the east end of Broadway in Valley Falls.
Along with flowers and gift items, the store will host a luncheonette with a menu consisting of sandwiches, salads, soups, and homemade pie.
The sisters were first introduced to the floral business when the service was added to the grocery store once owned by their parents, Terry and Geri Metzger.
They grew up in Terry’s Thriftway working in all aspects of the business. As adults, Jo completed an associate’s degree at Highland Community College and then worked in the meat department. She was the first deli manager at the store. Julie became the store manager when she returned from Dodge City Community College. The store sold in 2000.
Last spring the women along with their mother attended a semester-long course in the floral business through Washburn Tech.
“There are always new things to learn as well as changes in caring for flowers,” Tichenor said.
The new store will carry plants and fresh flowers and it is a member of the Teleflora wire service that can have flower arrangements delivered anywhere in the United States or internationally.
They will expand on their aunt’s gift inventory adding more men’s gifts, especially for the outdoorsman. They will market some items produced locally that currently includes decorative bags and aprons made by Dee Heinen, candles from the Candle Shoppe at Meriden, and paintings by Sondra Sullivan.
Seating for the luncheonette is limited to four tables. They are currently licensed to seat 19, but could add some seating outside when the weather cooperates.
People will be served on dishes with a floral pattern that once belonged to Irma Steinmetz, who along with her late husband, Virgil, operated the gas station for several decades.
Brink is a 1981 graduate of Valley Falls High School. After working at her parents’ grocery, she managed a 300-head cow-calf operation for a couple of years and was an employee of the Kendall State Bank for nine years. Her last day at the bank was Friday.
Julie and her husband, Scott, have one son, Tristen, a junior at Jefferson West High School.
Tichenor is a 1986 graduate of Valley Falls High School. She was a partner in a day care business, Kid E Corral, for 10 years and more recently was a teacher’s aide in the Valley Falls school system. She is currently serving on the city council.
She and her husband, Dennis, have three children, Sadie and Grady, senior and freshman respectively at Fort Hays State University, and Cylus, a junior at Jefferson West.
The business name will remain the same except the ‘s’ is being dropped from Blossoms. Both their mother, Geri, and aunt June will assist the women in the business.
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