A rosy view on life: Brad’s Flower Shop opens on 25E
Participating in the July 29 ribbon cutting at Brad’s Flower Shop, hosted by the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, are from left, Bill Sanders, Chamber ambassador; Dr. Gary Brewster, Chamber chaplain; Nancy Wells, Chamber ambassador; Donna Coldiron, Carol Kapnick, Debbie Hyder, co-owner Kirk Kaufman, Bette Joy Field, Marie Cunningham, Chamber ambassador; co-owner Brad Kaufman, Jerry Kloos, Terry Kloos, floral designer; Marshall Ramsey, Morristown Chamber president and CEO; Dale Pendland and Karen Capshaw, Morristown ambassador.
Two brothers have a rosy view on life, thanks to a combined entrepreneurial goal that has joined retail interests near Exit 8 off Interstate 81 in Morristown.
Brad and Kirk Kaufman opened Brad’s Flower Shop on the southbound side of 25E, Davy Crockett Parkway, in the spring of this year.
The Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the business’ new membership into the Chamber on July 29 by hosting an official white ribbon cutting.
Brad in particular has been impressed with the variety of traffic he has encountered since opening the doors and drive-through window of the shop, which is located between Witt Elementary School and Exit 8.
“I’ve lived in Morristown now 22 years and I’ve never seen so many out of state cars,” Brad said. “I see North Carolina, Ohio and Kentucky license plates every day.”
Brad and Kirk are originally from Memphis,
Brad’s Flower Shop is also a retail gift shop. Terry Kloos, originally from Tucson, Arizona, is the floral designer for the shop, which offers a large selection of live flowers.
“Together, all three of us will create for you a unique gift at a reasonable price,” Brad said.
Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Marshall Ramsey praised the brothers for their choice of location.
“As we develop this end of town, it is so important that we develop those services that serve businesses and industry, along with residents in the area,” Ramsey said.
“Part of the Chamber’s goal is to focus on a few key areas of development for our community and this is obviously a primary area of development. I have worked with a large number of communities that would give anything in the world to have one interstate exit and we have multiple exits. I think we are blessed for that.
“Generally, the consensus is that an interstate exit adds $10 million in value to a community. What we see with this exit, by using Tax Incremental Funding, hopefully we will spur further retail and commercial development here.
“Hopefully your location close to the industrial park will provide some opportunity with all the birthdays and anniversaries. For the floral industry especially, there is a steady stream of revenue, because some things in life can’t be avoided.”
Retail items include quality fresh flowers, corsages, boutonnieres, door wreaths, cemetery floral arrangements, prayer blankets, Russell Stover candy, stuffed animals, scented candles and Corinthian Bells wind chimes. Most gifts can be purchased for $20 or less and will be gift packaged.
For fresh flowers in a vase, Brad’s Flower Shop uses Aquafoam and Oasis products to ensure maximum flower life and Chrysal Arrive Alive hydration sponges and Jetwrap boxes to ensure safe transportation of your flowers. Complimentary Floralife flower food is included with each order. For more information, call 423-587-9886 or 423-312-5481 or fax requests to 423-587-5682.
-By Glenna Howington, Tribune Staff Writer