The Carleton Place Goddess of Greenery — Erica Zwicker



Life itself is a most wonderful fairy tale, and so is Ercia Zwicker. It’s the greenness that hits you as soon as you enter The Floral Boutique. In the vein of many trendy west coast floral shops Erica has a houseplant for almost every single person in Carleton Place. Names like Jasmine, Fittonia, and China Doll are whispered by the plants throughout the store. Sprigs of cotton plants reminiscent of Gone With the Wind are waiting to last forever in your home. It’s all about the environment, and outdoors, right inside her shop.

You wouldn’t open a flower shop if you didn’t know anything about flowers. After Erica began her journey as a social worker she realized there might be something else for her in life. When she completed the floral course at Algonquin she worked at several stores including one in Westboro. It wasn’t until she met her husband, who at the time was a floral wholesaler, that she realized the flowers of tomorrow were the seeds of today.

They had family who lived in the area, and with the new highway they knew it was easier for everyone to commute. Opening a business in town here was a natural. Are flower shops taken for granted? Does anyone really know what goes into making a bouquet, or making sure the selection of flowers is just right for the customer? Erica likes a challenge! She loves it when someone brings in something unexpected like cowboy boots for an arrangement. As she said,

“Bring anything you want to me, I can do it!”

It’s been a bad winter for everyone, but have you ever as a customer looked inside the looking glass of a business? Erica told me that one customer came in and told her she had been walking past her store for 2.5 years, but she had just noticed her. As a business person, you can’t predict what each day will bring, but coming in and saying HI would be a start to a perfect Main Street in Carleton Place. Ideally, as Erica said, it would be great if our Main Street stores were condensed, but we don’t live in a perfect world, so we need to make an extra effort and walk that street!

When I was in there a gentleman told me a story of buying his wife roses years ago only to find out she was allergic to them. So he called up the next door neighbour’s husband and asked if he could give his wife the flowers. Now, he just buys her plants.

We may have forgotten how to feel. Nobody is teaching us how to live happily ever after, but the Floral boutique has comfort plants and flowers for us all. Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful. They are nothing but sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. As Walter Hagen said: You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.

The Floral Boutique

Located at : 77 Bridge Street, Carleton Place, K7C 2V4, Ontario, Canada

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Tilting the Kilt, Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place by Linda Seccaspina is available at Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street, the Carleton Place Beckwith Museum in Carleton Place, Ontario and The Mississippi Valley Textile Mill in Almonte.  available on all Amazon sites (Canada, US, Europe) and Barnes and Noble

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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