Paul’s Flowers relocates to larger Kitsap Way shop

Roberta May, manager of Paul’s Flowers, creates a floral arrangement in the design room at the shop’s new location on Kitsap Way.  - Photo by Kassie Korich
Roberta May, manager of Paul’s Flowers, creates a floral arrangement in the design room at the shop’s new location on Kitsap Way.
— image credit: Photo by Kassie Korich

Roberta May of Paul’s 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, Paul’s 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 Paul’s Flowers. “Walk-ins have picked up since we’ve 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 it’s 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.

Paul’s 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 store’s 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 shop’s 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.

“It’s 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.

“We’re 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). We’ve done that. If they have their mind set on something, we’ll go out and try to find it if we don’t have it here. That’s 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. “We’re not just a daisy and carnation store.”

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