With the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holidays, Colonial Florist, located on Athens Road is busily creating arrangements for this busy time of year. Greeting everyone with a smile, and a vivacious “Hello” Colonial Florist is a longstanding enterprise serving not only Mercer County, but the whole southern West Virginia region. Surrounded by beautiful arrangements and a friendly bark from his loyal canine sidekick, Wesley Brown is at the helm of Colonial Florist located on Athens Road in Princeton. Brown found his “flower power” in 1973 in War, WV and has never looked back. “I was the only florist in that area at that time. War and McDowell County was a booming area, but in the 1980’s I found that I needed to move with the economy” Brown states. “My repeat customers are the key to my success.” Repeat customers were busily purchasing and ordering sprays and arrangements for proms, weddings, memorial wreaths and of course, Mother’s Day. Many customers such as Linda Avery says that she, “wouldn’t even consider shopping elsewhere.”
Long time employee and friend, Leona, simply says that Brown, “is the best there is.” Last week during the height of prom season, a customer entered the store in distress. The flowers for both her daughter and her date were purchased in advance from another shop, and they were basically dead and wilted. Leona says that Brown, the owner, “stopped everything he was doing—and he was busy—to create two new pieces for the prom couple. He has a big heart, and I have seen him create something from nothing, right there on the spot.”
Sandy Goins, long time customer and supporter of Colonial Florist was selecting memorial floral arrangements for her family. Goins feels that the quality and design of the items that she purchases at Colonial are far above and beyond the other shops in town, “His flowers are beautiful, and the quality surpasses anything that you can buy anywhere else. Arrangements that I bought years ago still look as good as the day as I bought them.” Brown created a custom bow for the arrangements as she made her selections. “Mama’s got to have a bow on her arrangement,” both Goins and Brown agreed.
Colonial Florist is happy to create arrangements for any occasion and will deliver for free in the local vicinity. You can always call him directly to place an order, and he will get it ready as soon as possible. He prefers to work with the customers one-to-one and finds that many of the online companies and conglomerates cannot and do not offer the service and style that our local families deserve. No matter what your floral needs may be, Brown and his staff are happy to serve.
Customers agree that you can always pick out Brown’s arrangements from an array of other products, “they stand out and look better than the rest,” according to longtime customer, Wayne Lambert. Princeton is fortunate to have such a long-serving and quality floral establishment. Stop by Colonial Florist on Athens Road, near the Athens Crossroads and check out the pre-arranged bouquets, or call Wesley and his staff at (304) 425-2113 to create something contemporary, unique and beautiful.