BUSINESSES in West Tamworth have come and gone, but apart from a move next door into the former West Tamworth Post Office, Acacia Flower Shoppe has been a mainstay of Bridge St for the past 39 years.
All that will come to an end on Saturday, June 28, when owners Sharon and Michael Porter close the doors for the final time.
The Porters bought Acacia Flower Shoppe 11 years ago from one of only two or three owners.
For the past four years, Mrs Porter has not kept the best of health, and it’s ill health that has finally forced her to shut up shop.
“I’ve got customers who have been coming to this shop since it opened,” she said.
“How do you thank people for loyalty like that? There are other regulars I have a good chinwag with, and it’s those people I’ll miss the most.
“By the time we close the doors, I’m pretty sure my feelings will be a mixture of relief and sadness that it’s all over.”
One thing Mrs Porter probably won’t miss is the long hours spent preparing bouquets and arrangements for Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day – the two busiest days of the year.
“I don’t have any plans for after I shut the shop,” she said.
“Relaxation is probably top of my list.”
All of her stock (apart from fresh flowers), is being cleared in the lead-up to June 28, so anyone interested in purchasing floristry materials should stop by the shop or give her a call.