A few years ago, I visited the flower shop of flower shop owner Daphne Ochsler and her family in West Palm Beach, Florida.
I was impressed with her simplicity and ability to teach me everything I needed to know about marijuana.
But when I went to the shop to buy some flowers and to talk to her family, I noticed something was different.
Ochssler was now selling her wares directly to customers.
She’d also started a cannabis flower shop.
It’s not a new concept; other flower shops in Florida have sprung up in recent years, and Ochsdorski is the first to sell marijuana products directly to the public.
Ockssler and other flower shop owners have been fighting for legalization of cannabis for decades.
Now, they say, they’re also fighting for their livelihoods.
I spoke with Ochstlers mother, Anna, to learn more about her daughter’s growing business and how she is fighting for the legalization of marijuana.
Her story of cannabis, and the growing number of businesses in Florida trying to do the same, is a story of resilience and entrepreneurship, said Anna Ochschers mother, who declined to give her last name.
In the 1950s, Anna Ochnsler was one of the first flower shop founders in the country, said her mother, adding that she began her business in 1956.
Today, she has over a dozen flower shops and employs more than 100 people.
Ochnssler said she is now one of Florida’s leading cannabis flower sellers.
When I visited her flower shop in 2016, Anna and her staff had already been working since May.
Her flower shop had already grown from about 30 customers to more than 50, said Ochnstlers father, Eric.
Ochenssler started selling flowers and other medicinal products directly, in her shop in the 1950-60s.
The company she started, Flower Shop of Palm Beach in West Florida, had three branches: two in Miami and one in West Virginia.
The two branches she opened in Miami, located near the University of Miami, became a cannabis and medical supply company and eventually became one of Floridians largest and most successful businesses.
Anna Ochensler said her family is in it for the long haul, and her business is in her blood.
She and her sister are the founders of Ochnscher.
Her father, Fred, who lives in Miami Gardens, is also the founder of Ochsmesers family business.
Fred Ochensohl is one of many flower shop operators in Florida who are battling for a new generation of business owners who want to be able to do business openly.
Floridian businesses that are growing up are trying to compete for the next generation of growers, who are looking for new opportunities and are finding a growing number, said Florida Cannabis Business Association CEO John Miller.
Florida has about 10,000 marijuana dispensaries, according to the latest data from the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Ochesslers success stems from a combination of hard work and persistence.
Her grandfather, Fred Ochsanders, was a founding partner of the Ochnsanders Family Business Association, which was started in 1964.
He founded it in 1964, and his daughter, Anna is a member.
She said her grandfather was a very caring person who believed in people and cared for everyone, Ochnserrs mother said.
She recalled a time when her grandfather came home from a trip to Washington, D.C., and was told he would get to see her mother.
Anna’s father, Ernie, was the executive director of the Flower Shop in West Georgia, which also had a branch in Miami.
Ernie Ochstein started the Flower shop in 1960.
He and Anna Ochissler, who is also his granddaughter, started Flower Shop Miami in 1963.
Erndi Ochenstein started his own company in 1962, and has since expanded it to over a hundred locations in Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona.
His daughter, Erica, is the founder and president of Ochescher Floridios in the Sunshine State.
Oschessler’s business has grown from her first storefront in 1953 to more then 100 flower shops across the country.
OchiSSLER SAYS THE TRADE HAPPENS AT THE WEST FLORIDA FLOWER SHOP Anna Ochesmesler said the trade happens at the West Florida flower shop she founded in 1956, which has now grown to over 100 locations.
The flower shop is located at 727 East Palm Beach Blvd., which is near the intersection of Old East Palm and South Miami boulevards.
She operates a full-service dispensary, where customers can buy flowers and medicinal products.
She also has her own online store.
Anna said the growing demand for marijuana products has created a new crop of growers who are growing marijuana in a more traditional way, but still seeking a quality