TORONTO (AP) In an age of convenience stores, the only thing you really need is a cup of tea and a big smile.
But in the days of antique shops, where the smell of the old might make you smile, there’s an opportunity for a new generation of flower shops that take a different tack.
The newest flower shop is named after the famous flower from the Spanish-American War, and the owner, a former Canadian Army sergeant named William Graham, has decided to change the name to Amory, for Amory Gardens, to honor the city.
“I’m just trying to show people, you know, I’m from Toronto, I grew up here, we were in this country,” Graham told The Associated Press.
“And I want people to see that it’s a flower shop that really celebrates the history of this place.”
Amory Gardens is one of the most visited flower shops in Toronto, with more than 100,000 people visiting each month.
It’s open 24 hours a day, and people flock there from across the city to buy flowers and plant them.
The shop sells more than 1,500 varieties of flowers, ranging from a flower named after its namesake, an apple to a tulip, to a red poppy and a peach.
Graham says the name change is partly to help the flower shops keep up with the demand, and partly to celebrate his hometown, where he served as a sergeant in the Canadian Army from 1946 to 1949.
He grew up in a small farmhouse in the hills of Ontario’s Lower Sackville Township, and moved to the city with his family when he was a teenager.
He says he was shocked when he learned the city had a flower store named after him.
“It’s just a very sad thing,” Graham said.
“I feel like it’s kind of a sad way to honor someone that I was born in.
I just don’t think I’d do it.”
When he started the business, Graham says, he had a tough time convincing people to buy his flowers.
“My mom would just come in and say, ‘I don’t want any flowers,'” he said.
“They were all like, ‘We can’t give you flowers.’
He said he’s tried to sell his flowers online for a few years, but they’ve been too expensive for people to pay.””
Graham says he didn’t really care about the price because he knew he could always resell them at a lower price.
He said he’s tried to sell his flowers online for a few years, but they’ve been too expensive for people to pay.”
People say, you have to do it online.
You’ve got a lot of different options.
I mean, we’re trying to get the prices down,” Graham explained.”
You don’t know how many people are going to come to your store.
It is kind of frustrating because you’re trying so hard to be a little bit of a pioneer and try to get people to try something new.
“Amary Gardens was founded in 1995 by Graham and his wife, Toni.
He was the first person in the United States to sell flower and plant seeds.”
He says the shop has grown in size and popularity over the years, and he estimates that they now have about 50 staff members and more than 200 varieties of plants.”
So it’s been very successful.”
He says the shop has grown in size and popularity over the years, and he estimates that they now have about 50 staff members and more than 200 varieties of plants.
Amory says the flower shop has sold more than 500 varieties of flower and plants, and has received more than $300,000 in seed sales.
It was recently named one of Canada’s 100 Best Flower & Garden Stores by the National Garden Society.
“The biggest thing we’ve tried to do with Amory has been to be as progressive as we can,” Graham says.
“We try to take the best out of what we can and make sure we are providing people with the best products and the best experience.
That’s what we do.”
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