Discovered after 30 years
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.