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Ths week Just Sayin’ Georgian Bay spoke with Nancy Ellis, owner of Simply Unique Flowers and Gifts in Meaford.
Nancy was born and raised in Meaford and is a mother of three grown children and a grandmother of two. On January 28th 2011, with eleven years of floral shop experience behind her, Nancy ventured out and opened her own shop. With the help of family and friends Simply Unique soon became rooted in the community, known especially for their amazing customer service. And, of course, their fresh flowers. Staff here truly love what they do and it shows daily in their designs.
“We moved from the main street about a year and a half ago to a lovely little space with huge potential. And we moved just as covid hit” Nancy recalls. “While it was a scary and difficult situation the timing of the move actually ended up being perfect for us. It gave us the opportunity to adjust to our new space while still operating from the front door rather than inhouse shopping.”
“Our shop employs two part time staff on a regular basis and eight or more for holidays and special events” Nancy explains. “Our main attraction, believe it or not, is Meeka…our shop dog. She has been with us since a puppy 8 years ago and she loves all of our customers. Many probably can’t remember staff names, but everyone knows Meeka.”
The shop also sells local artist greeting cards, candles from Woodwick, plants and ceramic dish gardens. They have Jannex greeting cards, a great giftware line from multiple suppliers, ceramics, metal, and even some outdoor decor.
“Our fresh flowers are really why our name stands out” says Nancy with pride. “We have a wonderful client base and continually strive to provide the freshest flowers at an affordable price.”
Simply Unique also has an ” adopt a grandparent” program. A donation of just $24 ($2 dollars per month) provides the local nursing homes in Meaford and Thornbury a vase with a fresh flower each month for all of their residents.
They also offer a monthly flower delivery program. Families can sign up to send flowers monthly to their mom, grandma or anyone special, with free delivery in town when they purchase a year’s worth at a time.Then there’s ladies’ nights….gatherings to build seasonal wreaths, doormats,etc. “These events have been huge in the past. Each time we host one they grow and we end up having to limit the numbers we can have in the room. It is our hope that our large shed out back can be used to host these nights in the future. The proceeds from our past wreath nights have been donated to Amy’s Backpack Program at our local school and to our local outdoor Forest School” she adds.
Nancy expresses gratitude for the Digital Main Street grant they received. “We now have a fantastic website simplyuniqueflowers.ca where you can order and pay directly on line. We have photos of our work and do our best to post pictures and specials daily on our Facebook page.”
And she expresses gratitude for their loyal customers. “With the help of family and friends we continue to grow and I am thankful everyday to be able to live and work in this beautiful place we call home.”
Simply Unique is a small town flower shop that knows customers by name, usually knows the address, and even what each
customer’s likes and dislikes are. They are known for sending flowers to people who need a pick me up and, when weather permits, dropping random flowers off with a card saying “take me home and enjoy”.
We would truly like to thank our loyal customers through our move, the pandemic, and all the challenges this past year and a bit have brought us’ adds Nancy. “It’s our staff, our family, and friends that have built us to where we are now and we can’t wait to see what’s next!”