Customer satisfaction is number one goal of new owner at Bud’s Flowers and Gifts
FPS staff report
October 26, 2010
|BUD’S FLOWERS AND GIFTS STAFF. Employees of Bud’s Flowers and Gifts are shown with the new owner displaying some of the many items now available at the Carrollton business. From left are: Julie McIntire, owner; Lindsay Gwen and Lacey McIntire, Julie’s daughters; and Aneissa Randal, all three employees.|
A new look, new products and a new owner greet visitors to Bud’s Flowers and Gifts in Carrollton.
Julie McIntire, who purchased the business Sept. 1, has been busy creating a fresh new look inside and out and adding new products. With the assistance of her daughters, Lindsay Gwen and Lacey McIntire, and Aneissa Randal, all employees, the business now offers gift baskets and bags, cash and carry gift items, baby gifts, candy bouquets, fresh and silk flowers for weddings and funerals as well as all occasions, greeting cards, balloon bouquets and Coblentz chocolates and fudge, made in Walnut Creek.
“We want to be your one-stop gift shop,” Julie said. “We have a fine selection of gifts, candy, flowers and cards; everything you need to put the perfect gift together all in one location,” said Julie.
She said the candy is kept fresh in a candy cooler and the staff will be happy to gift wrap candy purchases for free. “If a business wants to give a box of candy as a gift to employees, they can place an order and we can gift wrap it and have it ready for pickup when they arrive,” she said.
Greeting cards, handmade by a local resident, are also available for purchase. Gift baskets and gift bags for various occasions are also available and the staff will wrap purchases. “We also do requests for specialty baskets and flower arrangements,” Julie noted. “All we ask is that the customer calls ahead to give us adequate time to fill their request.” Fruit baskets can also be made at the customer’s request and gift certificates are available.
“Customer satisfaction is our number one goal,” she continued. “We invite people to stop in, look around and enjoy a cup of coffee and a cookie while they wait for their order.”
The staff offers several years of experience. Lindsay has been a designer at Bud’s Flowers and Gifts for seven years and Lacey attended floral design classes. Aneissa has been employed at Bud’s for one year and Julie has floral design experience. Lacey is also a student at Kent State University where she is studying to be an elementary teacher. Julie noted the business continues to focus on creativity and uniqueness in its floral designs and offers free delivery to orders sent to Sweeney-Dodds Funeral Home in Carrollton.
As the winter season approaches, the staff is busy preparing a selection of cemetery pillows, blankets and saddles. They ask customers place orders early to allow ample time for the pieces to be made and placed on graves.
Julie said the business’ delivery van carries the new Bud’s Flowers and Gifts logo and is easily identifiable when the staff is making deliveries.
“We are also excited to announce the new logo will be used uniformly on all materials, including our new website which will soon be operational,” she noted. The website is budsflowersandgifts.com.
The new changes to the business will be showcased during an open house Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served and balloons will be available for children.
“Come in and see what’s new and sign up to win a gift basket,” Julie stated.
The business is located at 69 N. Lisbon St., Carrollton. Hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until noon Saturday through Nov. 5. After that date, hours will be extended Thursday until 7 p.m. and Saturday until 2 p.m. The business can be reached by calling 330-627-5114.