One key to keeping a Main Street business open in a small town is diversity.
Posted Feb. 6, 2013
By JAMIE SPAINHOWER
Adams County Record Editor
One key to keeping a Main Street business open in a small town is diversity. Almost 10 years ago, Hettinger native Pam Starkey decided to buy a flower shop and own her own business.
“I loved doing crafts, but had no experience with anything like this,” she said from amid stacks of soda, candy and flowers. “I just jumped in with both feet.”
Prairie Rose Floral was born and took off from there.
Ten years ago a flower shop sold flowers. Now, there are all kinds of bouquets – including candy, soda and candy, balloons and, of course, flowers of all descriptions from a single stem to the traditional dozen roses.
When she moved the business into its present location one thing she looked for was extra space. Added all together with the nooks and crannies, Pam said there are 22 rooms in the building, and each has its own unique feel and items.
“We had the space and there was a kitchen kind of set up, so then I added the noon meal,” she said. “I thought it would be a good addition to Main Street, too.”
Having dinner at the flower shop is not what one usually expects, but the one-choice meal served on weekdays helps her keep the doors open during the summertime. She also has breakfast sandwiches, caramel rolls and biscuits and gravy in the morning.
Regular coffee to lattes and all the “fancy” drinks in between. She has also added soft serve ice cream, which expands into floats and malts.
“Winter is my busy time for the flowers,” she said. “Adding the food, coffee and the expanding gift inventory keeps me going during the summer.”
Prairie Rose Floral is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dinner is served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Floral delivery is available. For more information call 567-2994. They are located at 102 Main Street in Hettinger.