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.