Florist bids farewell to city store

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - CAMERON WHITE­LEY

WITH a heavy heart, the own­ers of pop­u­lar Ho­bart florist Botan­i­cal are this week set to close the doors of the busi­ness’s much-loved cen­tral city store.

Growth of the busi­ness and dif­fi­culty in find­ing trained staff has re­sulted in Kate Sice and part­ner An­drew Low de­cid­ing to con­sol­i­date op­er­a­tions to Botan­i­cal’s West Ho­bart lo­ca­tion.

The smaller store at 139 Mac­quarie St — mea­sur­ing just 3m x 9m — was where it all started for Ms Sice.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful lit­tle store and it’s changed my life,’’ she said. “We hold that shop very close to our heart.”

The mother-of-two said she put all her en­er­gies into start­ing the busi­ness, open­ing in 2014.

“I opened that as a sin­gle mum, with two kids; sold my house, opened it, and it just took off, and it took off very quickly,’’ she said.

“Every­body loved it, and it had such a good vibe about it, but we couldn’t ac­tu­ally sus­tain the enor­mity of our busi­ness from that small space.”

So, in Oc­to­ber last year, Botan­i­cal opened its West Ho­bart store. It is now home to a large work­ing stu­dio and the busi­ness’s gift store.

Ms Sice said she was sad to see the clo­sure of the Mac­quarie St store, but was op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture of the busi­ness: “One door closes and an­other one opens.”

Ms Sice said a short­age of trained florists also had made re­cruit­ment dif­fi­cult.

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