Flower shop re-opening with new management

Business is blooming at Ladysmith Flowers and Gifts.

Annemarie Collison is ready for the grand opening of Ladysmith Flowers and Gifts on Feb. 2 at 3 p.m.

Annemarie Collison is ready for the grand opening of Ladysmith Flowers and Gifts on Feb. 2 at 3 p.m.

Business is blooming at Ladysmith Flowers and Gifts.

Formerly Lait Bloomers on the south end of First Avenue, Ladysmith Flowers and Gifts has a new name and a new owner.

Annemarie Collison, who bought the business two years ago, grew up in greenhouses with a green-thumbed grandfather.

“He ran big greenhouses in Ontario and there was a flower shop attached.”

Collison said the gardening bug has been in her family for a long time.

“I have done this my whole life,” said Collison.

So when the shop became available, it was a natural fit for Collison.

There will be a grand re-opening for the shop on Feb. 2 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“I want to reintroduce myself, and the people who work with me, to the community.”

Collison has a staff of four that help with everything from floral design to deliveries.

Ladysmith Flowers and Gifts can help with everything from weddings and proms to centerpieces and everything in between.

“And we deliver from Nanaimo to Duncan.”

Collison said she can also take orders for flower deliveries all over the world.

Collison said with her gardening background, shoppers can expect more gardening products in store.

“I am going to be carrying more indoor and outdoor specialty exotic plants and gardening supplies and a few gift items.”