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Every bloomin’ thing for sale: Century-plus-old flower shop on the market

June 22, 2018 GMT

DIXON – A pair of business owners are looking for someone willing to transplant a flower shop that’s been around for more than 100 years.

Dixon Floral, 116 E. First St., is up for sale, and owners Shelly and Dan Long hope to have it in someone else’s hands by the end of July.

Whoever buys it will get it all: the customer list, standing orders, inventory, a walk-in cooler, website, phone number and the rights to the name – just not the location.

“We aren’t looking for a new place for the shop. The new owners will have to find a new location,” said Shelly, 43. She and her husband, Dan, 50, have owned the shop since 2016, when they bought the big brick building at the corner of East First Street and South Ottawa Avenue from longtime owner Jean Miller, who also sold antiques in the space. Today, it’s home to several businesses, Living Well Church, and a community space.

The flower shop was never the primary focus of buying the building, Shelly said, “but the owner approached us to buy the business and keep it open at the end of the deal.”

The couple not only kept it open, but they revamped the shop that first opened in 1911 and turned it into thriving business in their downtown shopping and community complex.

“Our hope is that Dixon Floral does not close but that someone will want to buy the business and continue serving the community,” Shelly said. If the business doesn’t attract any new petal peddlers, the couple will hang up the “Closed” sign for good and sell off the inventory.

The reason for the selling the shop stems from a neighboring business’ need for more room. Once the shop is sold, Revive Boutique will use the space to expand.

Jaime Shierry, 30, opened Revive Boutique in November. The store sells women’s clothing from tops to bottoms, as well as footwear and accessories.

“I think this is a great location for a business,” Shierry said earlier this year. “I want to help grow the thriving, east side of Dixon.”

Shierry’s goal echoes one of the Longs’ goals of buying the building in the first place.

They bought it to not only create a space for Living Well Church, but to make room for new and expanding businesses on the east end of Dixon.

In addition to the church, the building is home to two apartments and five businesses – Gymnastics Divine, Living Well Counseling, Revive Boutique, Andy Quadraro’s Personal Motivation and Wellness, and Dixon Taekwondo – and will welcome a new coffee shop in the fall: Well Grounded.

As the Longs bid farewell to the flower shop, they still plan to be actively engaged in the building’s future.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Shelly said, “And we’ve met a lot of great people.”