With a $10.99 price tag, the Colonial Flower Shop in St. Paul’s East Village isn’t your average flower shop.
But the owners say they have been saving money for years, thanks to the fact that they are also a family-owned business.
“It’s always been that way, we are family-run and it’s not just me,” said the owner, Laura Boudreau.
“When we started the business, we knew we had to do something, so we went to see a doctor to get checked out.
We did and we were like, ‘Oh, this is going to be a problem,'” she added.
The cost of a flower can range from $5 to $30 and even $50 for the smaller plants.
Boud, who runs her shop with her husband, Peter, has been able to save money by stocking the shelves with flowers that are just right for their customers.
“I’m trying to do my part, which is to save my customers money and be more creative in how we stock,” she said.
“But I’m not making any money on it.”
Boud is now considering making a small sale in the flower shop to give her customers more options.
“If I was to make a small flower sale, it would be the same price as a flower, which would give them more choices,” she explained.
In addition to the flower sale in her shop, Boud has also been selling flower baskets for a few years.
“People love baskets, they want to get a few flowers, and it gives me more options,” she added, noting that she is happy with the quality of the flowers she sells.
“Some of the baskets have a little more interest in it than others, so I think people will really appreciate that.”
Bournes is looking forward to the day when she has to go to the supermarket and buy flowers.
“This is not just a hobby,” she told The Globe and Mail.
“My goal is to do it for my customers.”