Homegrown Fredericksburg: Blumenhandler Florist

WITH HIGH SCHOOL homecomings just around the corner, Blumenhandler Florist owner Dianne Blount, left, pins a corsage-and-ribbon arrangement on her daughter, Stacey York. —Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt— From a lifelong affinity for flowers, Dianne Blount has turned her Blumenhandler Florist into a multi-faceted business that offers so much more than just pretty blossoms.

“I loved flowers when I was young,” she said. “I wanted a flower shop.”

Years ago, while her husband, Don, was serving in the military in the state of Washington, Dianne attended a local community college there to further study her interest in flowers.

She mentioned that while there, she was offered a temporary job at a flower shop on a military base “just for Mother’s Day.” But because Dianne’s work was so good, she was kept on well after the holiday rush.

“In four months’ time we turned that shop around,” she said. And it wasn’t long after that that she was offered the head position at the store.

“The shop was very, very productive,” Dianne said, adding that the business became “more visible” by moving to an on-base shopping center.

Fast forward a few years.

Now living in Austin, the Blounts took advantage of an opportunity to move to Fredericksburg. After working at another local flower shop, Dianne decided to open her own business in June of 1976 on Main Street — the first location of Blumenhandler Florist.

Some time later, she moved the business to its current location, 209 East San Antonio Street.

In those earlier days, when it came to weddings, “I did everything but bake the cake,” Dianne said. In addition to providing the flowers, she also worked on the veils, did the catering and provided the overall decorating.

While Dianne and her staff do the tradition floral arrangements for weddings, funerals, anniversaries and other occasions, they also offer more in the form of listening to what customers want. For example, she said there is a trend these days to more “theme” arrangements. For example, she’s worked on such concepts as the Flappers from the 1920s and ’30s, the Big Band era, and even Dr. Seuss.

The ever-increasing wine industry of the Texas Hill Country has been a part of the floral scene. It’s not unusual, Dianne mentioned, to have arrangements that provide what she calls “the Tuscan Look,” offering flowers, grapes and other related items.

Also, in addition to all of the flower possibilities, Blumenhandler offers many gift items, including crosses, angels, silk flowers, balloons and stuffed animals, just to mention a few. These can be worked into floral arrangements at the customer’s request.

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