Former downtown gas station now a full-service florist | Business

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A former gas station in Paris has found new life as a full-service florist, thanks to the hard work of its new owners. The Flower Station officially opened on March 21, following a soft opening a few days earlier. The store is located at 202 Dunlap St., across from Ridgeway Funeral Home. Formerly the Martin Esso station, the shop was previously owned by Keith and Quentin Martin, now deceased. Tonya Ferrell, co-owner of the store with Callie Wimberley, said they tried to pay homage to the building’s history when creating their new store. “We didn’t want to change it completely. We wanted to keep the nostalgia of the place, but we wanted to bring it back to life,” she said. Today, the shop is filled with flowers and gifts, but there’s plenty to remind customers of the building’s past as a 1950s gas station. The windows of the two-bay garage flood the store with light, and the hydraulic lift once used to service cars and trucks now supports a table full of Easter gift baskets and other gift items. Meanwhile, outside, a sign on the canopy where the pumps once stood now advertises the business as a “full-service flower station.” “We try to be, as our sign says, full service, and we have everything from sympathy items to birthday and anniversary,” Ferrell said. The shop also offers food gifts and interior decoration. “Right now we’re doing the Easter gift baskets that we’re having the Easter bunny delivered on the Friday and Saturday before Easter,” she said. “We have a bit of everything, really, including fresh and silk flowers.” To contact the Flower Station, call 731-407-9525, check the store’s social media page, or drop by 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

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