When Debbie Donnon and husband George moved to Schuylkill County from the Downingtown area, it was to take ownership of a Lewistown Valley farm.
With that business up and running, Donnon has now ventured into the gift and floral business. On Monday, she opened Guy's Flowers & More, a 1,200-square-feet floral and gift center and the first business to open in the up-and-coming Hometown Village Square, formerly Agosti's IGA, Claremont Avenue, Route 309, north of Tamaqua.
The Rush Township shop features fresh and dried flowers, arrangements, plants, candles and will even include a line of Alpaca clothing.
Donnon says she wants area residents to come in and see what the shop can do.
"I want people to come in and browse."
The shop showcases Donnon's skills, along with the extraordinary talents of designer and decorator Cathy Miller of Nesquehoning, a design professional since 1969. Helen Miller of Hometown (not related to Cathy) also is on hand to assist with customer service and to lend a hand in the design area as well.
"I enjoy working with flowers," says Helen.
One of the shop's strengths is its focus on special orders and unique designs, those challenges that allow Cathy Miller to shine.
"We pride ourselves in our quality and value," says Cathy. "We give the people more for their money."
The shop provides a wreath special order service and also includes fruit baskets and gourmet baskets in its repertoire. Aside from gifts and speciality items, the shop offers decorating services.
"We'll even go in and decorate a house," says Donnon.
Guy's Flowers & More handles weddings and funerals, and will work within any budget.
"We can do everything from a simple rose to a Lady Diana wedding," says Cathy.
The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sundays.
The shop is a participating member of Teleflora, the floral wire service company, and will offer delivery and special orders. In addition, special discounts are provided for senior citizens.
More information is available at (570) 467-3636, or (800) 889-4897, and on the Web at guysflowers.com.