Sheri Graham had what she wanted.
Fezell’s County Market in Philipsburg gave her space to run a floral shop in May. The business then quickly gained a following. And, most importantly, she was happy doing what she loved.
An announcement in early September that the market would close, however, stunned her. It also meant most of the businesses inside would be without a space to operate.
Luckily, someone else stepped up to gave her business, Fantasy Flowers, a home.
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“It wasn’t easy at first, and I worried a little bit,” Graham said. “We did build a really good business in the short time we were there, and we wanted to stay in Philipsburg. I’ve done my shopping in Philipsburg for a long time, but a lot of businesses have left over the years. I didn’t want to be another one that left.”
Graham didn’t have to worry for long.
Grattan’s Pharmacy & Gifts Marketing Director Christina Houser saw a Sept. 3 Facebook post that Fantasy Flowers was looking for a new space. What she did next was an easy call.
“Absolutely, we had to approach them,” Houser said. “I saw the post that they were looking and that they wanted to be inside another business. I got ahold of Sheri and asked her what she thought.”
Graham jumped at the opportunity.
“We had just found out, and two days later Grattan’s called us,” Graham said. “It was only a few blocks away from where we were.”
Grattan’s spent a few weeks making modifications to its 230 Front St. store to prepare for Fantasy Flowers. Their new neighbor opened up shop Saturday.
“Sheri’s business is a huge fit for us, a perfect fit for everyone,” Houser said. “It’s like a marriage for customers who come for the pharmacy and for our gift shop. And then, to see the flowers and everything Sheri has is a perfect complement.”
Fantasy Flowers offers grab-and-go arrangements, custom-made arrangements, handmade chocolate and gifts.
“Everything we do complements each other,” Graham said.
The floral shop is open 9 a.m-6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.