Goodbye Flower World
by Kathryn Courtney
The florist has always had a strong presence on Shirehampton High Street but retirement is beckoning for the owners of Flower World and the shop closes the end of March.
Tina and Ron Harpley have been providing a large range of flowers and services, with home delivery of special and surprise bouquets for birthdays, wedding anniversaries and additional special days. They will be remembered for selling a variety of plants and fledgling vegetables as well as for the creative window displays for Christmas, Easter, Valentines Day, Hallow’een and Bon Fire Night.
Ron Harpley bought the shop thirty‐two years ago. Tina had already been working at the shop for almost eight years as a florist for the previous owner. As she said
I just so happened to marry the boss!
Ron and Tina say they will remember
The friendliness of the customers who come in time and again. We’re not going to miss the state of the high street because it has declined which is such a shame; but we will miss what it used to be like. But work? We won’t miss work.
We’d just like to thank everyone for their kind custom, business and support over the last thirty or forty years. If it wasn’t that we felt we needed to retire we’d still be here. Hopefully we’ll be able to pop into Shire occasionally and see a few people, we’ll wander round, you never know. said Ron
The building itself will be developed into two shop units and a self contained flat therefore providing opportunities for a couple of small businesses to make their mark on the High Street in the future just as Flower World has done over the years. Good luck and farewell Tina and Ron and enjoy your new adventures.