Floral, antique store grand opening
Story and photos by Ken Locke
This weekend marks the grand opening of a new enlarged facility for Colonial Acres Floral and Antiques on the south side of Oskaloosa.
Dave and Terry Taylor have constructed a new building to house their floral and antique shops, plus it has a large open area for meetings. The shop is located behind their home across from the law enforcement center at 8998 Highway US-59.
The open house will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Colonial Acres Floral has been open for a year, however, the new building allowed for expansion into antiques and the addition of a meeting space. Dave said the antiques will be mostly glass and some furniture to start with. They plan to adjust their selection by what people show an interest in as they grow.
The floral shop is gearing up for Valentine’s Day with a large selection of roses coming in. Terry said they try to have a wide selection of items in a variety of price ranges so even the young people can afford flowers to take to school. Floral arrangements are handcrafted on site by their lead designer, Delpha Forshee. Forshee has over 35 years experience in the industry and takes pride in crafting each piece.
The east end of the building is a large open area for meetings and small events. Dave said it should easily hold 60 people or more. It is heated and air conditioned for year-round use, and includes restrooms. There are modern folding chairs and large folding tables, plus a long counter for setting up food or displays. For presentations, he has mounted a projector and wall screen for PowerPoint displays.
Dave was born and raised in White Cloud, in the northeast corner of the state. He was a driver for UPS in 1977 when he got familiar with the Oskaloosa area. He liked the town, and bought a farm and moved here.
Terry came from an Army family. They were originally from Emporia, but she has moved a lot being military. In Oskaloosa she originally worked for the Jefferson County Abstract Company, then she bought it. She sold it in 2000. In 2008 she started Assured Title, which they run out of their home.
They have let their 15-year-old grandson use part of their farmland to get started in the cattle business. He also raises corn on part of the land. The corn is the peaches and cream variety, which is a bi-color corn. He has sold it at a stand in front of their home and it has been popular and helped him earn expense money.
For more information about Colonial Acres, their web site is colonialacres.info and their phone is 785-863-3455.
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