By Nicole Rogers
OWEN - New business owner, Tammy Fuentes, Owen, hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting for Rae Lynn’s Floral & Gift shop on April 9. Many friends, family members, and fellow business owners attended the grand opening and flocked into her newly remodeled store located at 218 Central Ave., in Owen. Sheila Nyberg and Peter Kaz from the Clark County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC), Carrie Hargot, from the Owen-Withee Area Chamber of Commerce and Red Daisy Girl, and Tim Swiggum, Owen CDC all gave heartfelt welcomes and words of encouragement.
“I hope you have many, many years and fun things happen for you,” began CCEDC director Nyberg, “This is a good way to get others to recognize that getting new entrepreneurs is what we are all about. If you need anything we are here to assist you, because we want good things to happen.”
The podium was then offered to Owen CDC Swiggum who said,“It is exciting anytime something comes to main street Owen and we are seeing more and more of it. We really want to continue it and so welcome and we hope you have a long long time here.”
CCEDC President Kaz was next to share these words of encouragement, “As a lifer to this area Owen-Withee I am very happy to see main street develop the way it is. It has been a few years since there has been a positive attitude in this area. I commend you for your efforts and entrepreneurial desires to be part of this community and I thank you very much for that. Also, you are important to essential businesses, well anything you would put on your main street is an essential business... One old Amish man told me ‘life is so much better when you surround yourself with beauty’ and that is what you are doing, providing us with these beautiful flowers and beautiful crafts and hand-made items. Things that are coming from the heart create a sense of beauty and it truly does make a community.”
Kaz then presented Fuentes a gift basket filled with products made in Clark County.
OWACC director Carrie Hargot shared these inspirational words of encouragement, “I am here representing the Owen-Withee Chamber of Commerce but Tammy and I have been friends for years. I am so happy for you and for all you are doing here.” She then continued with this poem, “‘You dreamers,you wild ones, you with your hearts on your sleeves and hope in your eyes, you are the ones who will truly change the world never release you spark, congratulations again.”
Tammy then stepped up with tears in her eyes to express her gratitude, “I would like to thank the city of Owen for welcoming me. I would like to thank the community. I would like to thank all my family and friends without you guys supporting me and supporting my dream I wouldn’t be able to do this. I would especially like to thank my husband Alex for your hard work if it wasn’t for you... I wouldn’t have tables and the cooler. My kids, all of you... my friends.... always checking on me and making sure I had everything. My friend Carey, if it wasn’t for you this wouldn’t be happening. I would like to thank all of you for coming and if I forgot anyone I am trulysorry.” She went on to name almost everyone in the crowd who supported her in this endeavor.
Fuente explained that the shop gets it’s name from her two daughters, Alexia Rae and Haily Lynn. She assured the crowd that she is a business owner who will be dedicated and close to her customers and hopes to see everyone on a frequent basis.
The full service flower and gift boutique has cut flowers,bouquets, plants, unique and hand-made items, greeting cards and helium balloons. There is a little something for everyone. Fuentes said she will be providing flowers for funerals and work with the school but will not take on weddings at this time. The shop is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday. 9a.m. - noon, and is closed on Sunday.
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