Dis­cov­ered af­ter 30 years

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Kim Peeters re­marks that she was prob­a­bly des­tined to be­come the owner of Town and Coun­try Flow­ers and Gifts.

She be­gan work­ing at the busi­ness in 1986, with the help of the Fu­tures em­ploy­ment pro­gram. “I guess this was my fu­ture,” ob­serves Mrs. Peeters.

Af­ter work­ing at a jeans fac­tory in Corn­wall, where she put loops on pants, she was ready for a ca­reer change. Mrs. Peeters ob­vi­ously did not re­gret her de­ci­sion to ap­ply for a job at the long-es­tab­lished shop.

She bought the busi­ness in 2002.

Al­though the shop marked its 30th an­niver­sary at 17 Main St. S., Alexan­dria Oc­to­ber 16, she still has cus­tomers won­der­ing, “Is this store new?”

The re­ac­tion is not sur­pris­ing con­sid­er­ing that many new faces are be­ing seen down­town how­ever, tastes have changed over the years. The most pop­u­lar va­ri­ety is the Ger­bera daisy, for ob­vi­ous rea­sons. “It is so happy,” notes Mrs. Peeters, re­fer­ring to the bright and bold flower.

Fu­ner­als have taken on a less re­marks Mrs. Peeters. Made with an as­sort­ment of in­gre­di­ents, such as oat­meal and sweet grass, the soaps fea­ture Celtic knot de­signs. “I wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent,” she says. “They are re­ally neat to make.”

Of­fer­ing to put a vinyl LP on her old-fash­ioned turntable, Mrs. Peeters gives a tour of the store, that is filled with her but­ton art, T-shirts, cal­en­dars, sketches, dec­o­ra­tion, a vin­tage sec­tion. One area is dom­i­nated by rooster-themed items. How­ever, the rooster is get­ting a run for its money from a wiser icon.

“Owls are re­ally big now,” re­veals Mrs. Peeters, ges­tur­ing to­wards cush­ions bear­ing the like­ness of the noc­tur­nal bird. “We call them Alexan­dria’s hoot­ers.”

WISE BUYS: Owls are big this year.

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