AMHERST – A new businesses is blooming on South Albion St. today, filling a vacancy of a familiar storefront.
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Cathy White opened Bordertown Flowers and Frills in Amherst on Friday, making it the latest privately-owned business to set up on South Albion Street.
Bordertown Flowers and Frills opened it’s doors Friday, Oct. 25, at the former home of Acadian Printing at 81 South Albion. Converting the once-print shop was a labour of determination, business owner Cathy White said as well wishers and customers started coming into the new store.
“All of the print equipment was gone but it was a well-used building,” White said. “We [White and her husband Chris] discovered there were hardwood floors with birds-eye maple and after pulling thousands of nails we had a beautiful floor.”
The task of creating the space she wanted compared to setting-up in a ready-to-go storefront, White said, was just good business sense.
“We wanted this spot,” White said. “You stand here for five-minutes and you won’t believe the traffic. Hundreds of cars go by here everyday.”
White wanted something more than just flowers and giftware as her business was unfolding. In a tribute to the her friend and wife of former Acadian Printing owner Carl Leblanc, a portion of the business was dedicated to Jackie Leblanc and her passion for artisan ware.
“We had this idea because Carl’s wife was an artist, and created the ‘Home of Jackie’s Artisan Corner,’” White said.
Homemade soaps, furniture creations, hand-stitched quilts and paintings are just some of the creations that compliment Bordertown Flowers and Frills.
“It’s been a rewarding process and we feature local Nova Scotia and local New Brunswick artists.”
Bordertown Flowers and Frills is just the latest in a string of new businesses finding homes on South Albion Street. Recently D.R. Polly expanded across the street from its used dealership to an additional building offering brakes and tire services, and Hunter Interiors established itself in the former home of Fort B Flowers, making for three new additions to the predominantly privately-owned businesses that dot the street.
Bordertown Flowers and Frills is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.