Fleurish: the new flower shop in town

Men and women standing with arms on shoulders in front of building next to open sign
Fleurish held its grand opening on Feb. 1, inviting the community to come to visit the shop. From left are mother Nancy Johnson, son Connor Robinson, husband Derek Robinson, son Ben Robinson, Owner Amy Robinson, father Keith Johnson, Renfrew County Deputy Warden Debbie Robinson and Petawawa Councillor Theresa Sabourin. Missing is florist Janelle Warren. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Dozens upon dozens of people crowded into Fleurish, eager to visit the new flower store in town.

Owner/designer Amy Robinson was extremely excited to be able to bring her 20-year dream to fruition and open her own shop.

She grew up helping her father Keith Johnson in his own flower business in Beachburg and though she has walked many different career paths, she has always loved flowers. So when the opportunity came up, she decided to branch out on her own in Petawawa.

It isn’t just a full-service flower shop. Fleurish also features pieces from local artists, all of which are ideal for gift giving.

“We are trying to promote local artisans and showcase their talents and creativity,” said Robinson. “Because there is so much talent in the Valley and they are for the most part unrecognized, that needs to be showcased.”

Her grand opening was on Feb. 1 and her family, friends and many members of the community came out to show their support.

Robinson is extremely grateful to everyone who came to the opening event, but was even more thankful for all those who have backed her and helped make her dream come true.

Several plants in various types of pots on table and window ledge
A modern display of plants. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

“It took a huge village,” she said. “It wasn’t a one-woman show that is for sure. So I am eternally grateful to everybody who helped out. It is so wonderful and I am super excited.”

The store may have just opened, but feedback has already been positive.

“When you walk in here, it is so comforting,” said Renfrew County Deputy Warden Debbie Robinson. “It is a place that you just want to walk around in. The smells are beautiful and the colours are amazing.”

Welcoming the new business to the Town of Petawawa was an honour for Councillor Theresa Sabourin. She, along with the Deputy Warden, attended the grand opening to help with the ribbon cutting ceremony.

She is confident Fleurish will fill the need for quality floral arrangements and services and follow in the footsteps of Kevin’s Flowers, which recently closed due to owner Kevin Nieman’s retirement.

“We have not lost a flower business, we have gained a continuation of a flower business,” said Sabourin. “We are really pleased that they have decided to join our community and continue to help Petawawa thrive.

“It is absolutely beautiful,” she added. “It’s fresh. It’s warm. There are gift ideas galore and it reminds you that spring is just around the corner.” Fleurish is located at 1049C Victoria St.