Retail Therapy: Florist-vintage sellers take prime Clovis site

The Fresno BeeAugust 10, 2013 

Longtime business A Secret Garden florist has moved into the heart of Old Town Clovis.

The floral shop and its side business, Flea Market Divas, have taken over the space once occupied by Water 2 Wine and Giovanni's restaurant at 522 Pollasky Ave.

The store, with its shady brick patio, is a prime piece of real estate in Old Town that had been empty for two years.

Today the store has the feel of a coastal shop. It's an eclectic blend of flowers, salvaged bits and pieces of old things and new decor.

Mother and daughter team Pam and Kim Woertendyke run A Secret Garden and say showcasing the old stuff gives people ideas of what to do with flowers. Succulents are nestled in an old typewriter. The rusty springs from an old car seat can be laid on a table and filled with flower vases and candles.

"You can get really creative with old stuff," says Pam Woertendyke. "I don't mind people coming in and borrowing our ideas."

There are new items, too, such as candles from the Tyler Candle Co. and urns made to look old.

The store has a connection with Junk Girls, a San Luis Obispo-based business, and sells its key chains made from old spoons and cards.

The Woertendykes are also known for building floats with fresh flowers, including for the Rose Parade.

But it's the patio that's catching many customers' attention. It has a gazebo and displays plants and repurposed furniture most days, but it is available to rent for baby and bridal showers, even a princess-themed party.

The Woertendykes plan to make good use of it during special events, like the rodeo, and are considering hosting "cupcake Fridays" where the public can buy a cupcake, relax on the patio or browse the store.

The floral business, which supports the Flea Market Divas part of the business, will celebrate its 25th anniversary next month. A grand opening with discounts and a drawing is planned for Sept. 7.

You can find more details about the business at ASecretGardenFlorist.com, and both A Secret Garden and Flea Market Divas have Facebook pages. Details: (559) 297-0883.

 

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