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

Please call us : 613 253 2424

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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

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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