Pauls Flowers relocates to larger Kitsap Way shop
July 4, 2008 · Updated 12:18 PM
Roberta May of Pauls Flowers now has plenty of space to design fresh, fragrant arrangements thanks to new digs on Kitsap Way.
After more than 60 years in downtown Bremerton, Pauls Flowers is now located on Kitsap Way near Cascade Natural Gas. Twice the size of its former location on Pacific Avenue, the new store features more room for gift items and floral arrangements. Parking also is no longer an issue at the Kitsap Way store.
When we were downtown the parking situation got so bad our customers had to turn to being over the phone and Web site customers, said May, manager of Pauls Flowers. Walk-ins have picked up since weve been here.
Deliveries to Naval Hospital Bremerton also have increased.
We used to go to Naval Hospital once a week or once every two weeks, now its about five days a week, she said.
Owner Earl Bowers is happy to have more visibility and a better layout.
We outgrew the old spot many years ago. This is at least twice the size, Bowers said, as he scanned the large room designated for designing floral arrangements.
For May, having a larger room to work in is exactly what she needed.
I love the new design room, she said.
Pauls Flowers offers a variety of colorful flower arrangements for a wide range of occasions. The store offers delivery to the local area as well as U.S. and international destinations through FTD or Teleflora sending services.
Bowers is the stores third owner, purchasing it from Leila Cornell in 1998. Cornell, who owned it for 35 years, purchased the shop from its namesake Paul Luy in 1963.
Bowers attributes the shops longevity to its practice of traditional floral design concepts.
An example, he said, is their corsages.
We hand tape and wire each flower, he explained.
Its not just glue and get them out the door, May added.
Many of their customers have come to know the shop as maintaining a high level of quality and going above and beyond.
Were more willing to go the extra mile to help customers, she said. Like going out and picking up a blender for an out-of-state caller (for a gift basket). Weve done that. If they have their mind set on something, well go out and try to find it if we dont have it here. Thats something our customers have gotten used to.
To ensure a quality product, the shop receives shipments of flowers daily.
We carry a large variety of the highest quality of flowers available, from around the world including flowers from New Zealand and Holland, Bowers said. Were not just a daisy and carnation store.