A budding business

Kathy Goering, owner of Kathy’s Floral Designs, 107 E. Grand Ave., Hillsboro, had a special ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 6 sponsored by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. For more information, stop by or call her at 620-877-4299. Kevin Hower/Free PressA new flower shop opened Dec. 6 in Hillsboro, and owner Kathy Goering said she’s committed to creating unique arrangements for any and all occasions.

Born and raised in Marion County, Kathy’s Floral Designs, is located at 107 E. Grand Ave., and open six days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and closed on Sundays.

“I have a display cooler with arrangements to choose from on a daily basis,” she said.

“And, because this is the Christmas season, the store has a variety of ornaments, poinsettias, wreaths, centerpieces, greenery and Wrendale greeting cards.”

In addition to the seasonal items, Goering said she also has a selection of candles, lotions, soaps, like-real artificial potted plants, silk flowers, balloons and more.

“Amy Goering’s original paintings will also be on sale,” she said. “These paintings are featured in other galleries in different states.”

Traditionally, Goering said, flowers are a great gift on Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, anniversaries, birthdays or even as a way to comfort someone not feeling well or grieving the loss of loved ones.

“I especially think it’s an honor to do sympathy arrangements and casket sprays,” she said.

“It’s a privilege to assist families during this difficult time, and flowers are a great way of showing respect to the families and to the deceased.”

Flowers are a symbol of thoughtfulness, Goering said.

Exciting time

Anthony Roy, economic development director for the city of Hillsboro, said whenever a new business opens in town it’s great for the economy.

“Hillsboro hasn’t had a florist shop downtown for many years,” he said, “and I believe Kathy Floral Design will help fill the gap.”

The last flower shop to open in the downtown area was in October 2011, according to a Free Press article, but the owner Jan Frantz, closed the store a couple of years later.

Roy said that according to a geodatabase application, ESRI, Marion County has the potential to sell $5.1 million in the miscellaneous stores category, which includes florists and gift shops.

“We are currently doing about $3.5 million countywide, so there is a lot of room to grow,” he said.

“Sales tax collection is very important to the city of Hillsboro, and the more the community shops locally, the more revenue the city collects.”

Roy said when people buy local, one of two things can happen.

It will either mean lower property taxes or it will allow the city to do other projects.

“Kathy Goering has been great to work with, and has done an excellent job getting her store ready for last week’s grand opening,” he said.

Roy said he can tell Goering is driven and compassionate about opening her new business.

“I believe she will do a great job,” he said.

For more information about the store or to order flowers, call 620-877-4299 or go to her email: kathysfloraldesigns@outlook.com.

Goering said she looks forward to working with people on their special floral arrangement by customizing exactly what they want for whatever the occasion.

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