Get to know a local florist

By ABI GETTO

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Looking to buy flower arrangements and gifts for loved ones?

Local flower shop A. Baker Floral Co. & Gifts was started by Caroline Baker of Columbia and her daughters. The shop is currently run by Baker and Whitney McCoy of Ashland.

The front window is filled with colorful flowers, as well as picture frames, and table decorations. The shop specializes in both flowers and gifts, often sold together and sometimes separately.  The flowers are hand-arranged, and bought from wholesalers all over the country.

The original shop began in Boonville, and expanded to its location in the Benton-Stephens area about two years ago.  The new location allowed the shop to become a part of the Benton-Stephens neighborhood.

“The neighbors are wonderful,” Baker said “They watch out after us.”

The shop also gets attention beyond the neighborhood because of its location on Paris Road. The shop is located at 1610 Paris road, at the intersection of Paris road and Mt. Vernon Avenue.

“We get a lot of get-well requests, with the hospital being so close by.” McCoy said.

The specialty arrangements also run from everyday flowers to weddings and sympathy arrangements.

For more information, visit  the shop’s website, or stop by and say hello.

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