Flower shop closing after 151 years

Terre Haute flower shop (Provided Photo/ WTHI)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- It’s the busiest holiday for those in the floral business, but this Valentines Day the oldest flower shop in Terre Haute is closing their doors for good.

The decision was made after a devastating water pipe burst last month.

Our sister station WTHI spoke with the owner about making that decision and what she plans to do with the building.

“I love this business. I’ll miss the customers and the employees. We always looked at it as team Heinl’s and we still are,” says Vonda Monts, owner of Heinl’s Flower Shop.

On January 9, a devastating water pipe burst forever changed the hometown flower shop at 129 South 7th Street.

The rupture that took place overnight in the attic quickly seeped through the ceiling and walls, flooding the design area and show room below.

“I opened up the door and that’s when my arms got wet and it was pretty devastating just to see all this water coming from every angle,” says Bud Welker, dead designer.

After being temporarily closed for the past month, Monts made the tough decision to shut down the business she bought in 2001.

“We’ve lost a lot of day to day business with funeral and weddings and that kind of thing. Day to day business had dropped tremendously, then to think of all the marketing aspects. I just couldn’t do it,” says Monts.

Now she looks forward to the future.

She plans to restore the building, keeping the tradition of Heinl’s in the heart of downtown.

“I love the heart and soul of old buildings and the history, and I think that’s important to keep in a community,” says Monts.

After letting go of four employees those that remain, to take inventory, call it a bitter sweet moment.

“You get to deliver flowers and it brightens their day, losing that was hard,” says Cricket Pardes, a Volunteer.

They continue to count their blessings for being part of the business that delivered smiles for 151 years.

“We’re in the emotion business, and we are all about moments. That’s one of my favorite sayings – there are moments that take your breath away. Life’s about moments,” says Monts.

Currently, Monts who is working with Freeze Home Improvements, is in the construction phase of tearing out and rebuilding.

She sees endless possibilities for the future of the building.

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