Award winning, master floral designer Rhonda Davis has opened Windham Flower Shop at 299 Roosevelt Trail and is gearing up for the holiday season.
“I’m making 50 bows a day,” said Davis, formally of Eight Corners Farm. The new location on Route 302 is larger and gives her more room and visibility to do year round floral design.
Windham Flower Shop is stocking trees, swags, garland and wreaths for this season. However, at the heart of the business is Davis and her full service floral arrangements and her custom Christmas wreaths and decorations. Like pine cones? Or a special ribbon? How about glittery ornaments? Davis can incorporate a customer’s tastes into any creation.
“I do what I love. I’ve done flowers for 30 years,” she said. Davis is on the board of directors for the Maine State Florists and Growers Association and has been the chairperson for the Fryeburg Fair Flower Show for the past three years. She has also been named as the Maine State Designer of the Year and is a certified bridal consultant.
“Weddings and special events are my specialty,” said Davis. She loves to see an event through from the ceremony to the reception. She calls it a full circle event. “I always gain a lifelong customer. I have a connection with the flowers.” She loves being involved with the wedding party, creating looks from magazines and more recently from Pinterest. The wedding flower trend for 2015 has been gerbera daisies in a rainbow of colors. Hydrangeas have also been popular.
“I’d rather have a glue gun in my hand than a computer,” she said. She has a strong support system that helps when needed, including her three children and her four grandchildren.
Windham Flower Shop opened on May 1st and Davis said that most of her previous customers have found her at the new location only a few tenths of a mile down the road.
This holiday season, Windham Flower Shop is creating holiday centerpieces, boxwood trees, kissing balls, roping, wreaths, swags and all out of Maine Balsam products. She always has wreaths prepared, but will take special orders.
“Here you know where your greens and trees come from,” Davis said. The shop also carries small gifts, plants and permanent botanicals.
Customer service and unique custom orders are what Davis prides herself on. She wants to make the perfect arrangement for each person, even if that is a recreation of something seen online or on television.
“I’m not an FTD shop,” she added. “I don’t have a cooler full of generic arrangements. I build to the customer’s need. Flowers are personal.” Davis buys fresh flowers daily from local distributors. With one day notice, she can create anything with any flower a person wants.
She also decorates and does plantings for commercial properties around the lakes area.
Teachers who show their school IDs receive 10 percent off every day as a thank you for their hard work. “It’s my way of giving back. They work their tails off,” she said.
Windham Flower Shop is on Facebook. The shop hours change throughout the year. During this season Davis is in the shop seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and most Friday and Saturday nights she’s there until 6 p.m. She also delivers. Wreaths will be available after November 17. For more or questions, call 892-5459 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.