Spring is in the air at Flower Power

McIvor Times - - NEWS - By THOMAS HINSS

THE FLOW­ERS are blos­som­ing once again as we head into spring

Flower Power on High Street in Heath­cote has been op­er­at­ing for a quar­ter of a cen­tury in the town and con­tin­ues to of­fer flow­ers and fo­liage.

‘‘We have fresh hand­picked and grown flow­ers which we put on our shelves and sell for $5, so there’s some­thing that every­one can af­ford here,’’ shop owner Lor­raine Wei­land said.

Lor­raine said de­spite the hard work it hasn’t got­ten any eas­ier keep­ing the florist sus­tain­able in the cur­rent mar­ket.

‘‘Flower shops are be­com­ing some­thing of a rar­ity these days and they just aren’t as sus­tain­able with the costs in­volved with run­ning them.

‘‘It’s hard work keep­ing this sort of busi­ness run­ning, the di­ver­sity of clients we get through the door helps but it’s still not a walk in the park.

‘‘We’ve sur­vived this long but with how big the on­line mar­ket is it does drain our sales.’’

Lor­raine’s son — and the heavy lifter of the busi­ness — An­thony Wei­land has been with the shop since he was four. ‘‘Be­ing lo­cally grown means the qual­ity of what we sell is higher and that sort of fresh­ness isn’t some­thing you get else­where,’’ An­thony said. ‘‘In sum­mer we sell sea­sonal fruit and veg­eta­bles as well.’’

Though the Wei­lands may be work­ing ex­tra hard to keep pro­vid­ing the com­mu­nity with a florist, City of Greater Bendigo mayor Mar­garet O’Rourke paints a pos­i­tive fu­ture for the town it­self.

‘‘We’re look­ing at a 25 house growth in the town per year and we’re also look­ing to pro­mote the De­men­tia Vil­lage as a place to be a key jobs hub,’’ Cr O’Rourke said.

‘‘The town is slowly grow­ing and it’s great to see a busi­ness like this con­tin­u­ing to op­er­ate.’’

Flower Power owner Lor­raine Wei­land with City of Greater Bendigo mayor Mar­garet O’Rourke.

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