Laura’s: Ser­vice, price and vast se­lec­tion

The Glengarry News - Glengarry Supplement - - Holiday Planner and Gift Guide -

When asked what she would like to see un­der her Christ­mas tree, Lynda Leroux of Laura’s Flow­ers & Fine Gifts, men­tions a mouth-wa­ter­ing com­bi­na­tion.

“The prod­ucts I would most like to re­ceive would be a char­cu­terie board made of lo­cal sourced wood and hand se­lected olive oil and bal­samic vine­gar with cheese and crack­ers to fin­ish off the gift. Yum!!!”

The store at 1140 Brook­dale Ave., Corn­wall has been grow­ing since it started out in 1988 on Au­gus­tus Street.

The rea­sons for the suc­cess are nu­mer­ous: Qual­ity, ser­vice, price, and vast se­lec­tion of prod­ucts that will not be found else­where.

“Some of our most pop­u­lar gifts in­clude Alex and Ani jew­lery, olive oil and bal­samic vine­gar from our tast­ing bar, fresh flow­ers for all oc­ca­sions, and of course who doesn’t like choco­late,” says Ms. Leroux.

“Cus­tomers’ tastes have changed over the years with gifts that have mean­ing to them such as Alex and Ani bracelets. They are based on dif­fer­ent sym­bols that rep­re­sent some­thing mean­ing­ful for the buyer and re­cip­i­ent alike.”

It is im­por­tant to shop lo­cally, to en­sure “there will be more va­ri­ety of goods avail­able to touch, taste, smell.”

She adds: “We keep peo­ple em­ployed in our com­mu­nity.”

In the be­gin­ning, Laura’s Flow­ers & Fine Gifts started with fresh flow­ers, plants, gift­ware and home decor.

The busi­ness quickly out­grew that space and de­cided to move to a larger lo­ca­tion that was able to ac­com­mo­date its growth, in a taste­fully re­stored build­ing called Place Lau­rier. With a lo­ca­tion change came a name change as well, to Laura’s The Art of Liv­ing & Giv­ing, “to re­flect our evo­lu­tion as a com­pany and how much more di­verse we’ve be­come.”

“We now spe­cial­ize in flow­ers, plants, gourmet food, Corn­wall’s first and only olive oil and bal­samic tast­ing bar, small house­wares, cloth­ing, jew­elry and much more; a true life­style store. With over 6,000 square feet we are Canada’s largest store of its kind. We strive to im­prove the lives of our cus­tomers by al­ways go­ing the ex­tra mile. Our staff takes the time to lend a friendly hand to every­one. Cus­tomers of­ten tell us that Laura’s lifts them up when they’re feel­ing down and that’s some­thing we don’t take lightly. We may be here to sell gifts, but our higher pur­pose is to make peo­ple feel their best.”

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