Oregon – If change has a smell, it might be cinnamon.
That was what it smelled like on a sunny afternoon last week in the Flower Patch in downtown Oregon. Cindy Bunger, who has owned the business for 37 years, stood in her shop surrounded by the great smells and vibrant colors – and a new face to the flower shop.
Oregon native Jamie Bunger, who owns Petals to Parties in Dixon, has joined Bunger as a partner in the business.
“She's a perfect fit,” said Bunger, who seemingly has the energy of three people.
Moore joined the business in September, and spends three afternoons a week there, splitting time with her Dixon business.
“I'm ready to go,” Moore said. “Really excited.”
One thing that Moore will be bringing to the Flower Patch is wedding rentals. They said it will be the only local shop that will provide everything from chairs to tables to flowers.
“Bringing rentals into Oregon will be nice because no one has them here,” Moore said. “We can be a one stop shop. We just won't have the dresses or the cake.”
Moore and Bunger began talking about Moore joining the business earlier this year. Moore said she came in during the summer to observe and just “take it all in.”
Bunger said the plan is for Moore to eventually take over.
“When she's ready to let me go,” Bunger said. “I want her to feel very comfortable here.”
As she is from Oregon and already known, being comfortable shouldn't be a problem. And Bunger said the location on Route 2 has been great for business. She said she gets customers from all over the area.
She seems confident that Moore is the right choice as a partner, and wants her to succeed.
“This has been in Oregon 37 years, this is my legacy – I don't want it to go away,” Bunger said.
The Flower Patch is open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday though Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays. It is located at 120 N. 4th St.