Shirley Moonier of Moonier Florist has no intention of closing her business, but she is looking for someone who is willing to purchase it and the building in the near future. She stressed that she will stay until an agreement can be made.
“I went to a real estate agent and then the rumor went all over town that I was shutting down and closing my doors,” Moonier said. “I’m in business until someone comes in and wants to take over. I don’t want to close my doors and walk away. I have too big of a customer base to do that.”
The decision was made that she would like to “cut back” on her direct involvment with the iconic local floral shop.
“I will never not work,” Moonier said. “Ideally, I would like bring someone in that is passionate about this type of business and I could work with until they feel comfortable with what they are doing. I’m more than just a florist, I’m a garden center, greenhouse grower of vegetables and more. I’m getting ready to get married and this work can be seven days per week.”
Happy and Marjorie Moonier started the business in 1965. Happy purchased the land the business is on when he was 15 years old by shining shoes, playing guitar and being a cook at a local tavern. After their passing — Hoppy in 2006 and Marjorie 2011 — Shirley has had full ownership of the business she started working in at the age of 13.