By Alex Dominguez
DOWNEY – After more than 50 years, a Downey flower shop has moved from its long established location.
A Unique Florist had served its community from its location on Lakewood Boulevard since around 1965, when it took over a space formerly occupied by Minnie Pearl Fried Chicken restaurant.
Current owner Teri Head began at the shop when she worked there as a teenager in 1972, when the shop was known as Artistic Florals. She briefly left for employment in banking but returned in 1988 to work during the holidays after becoming a stay-at-home mom.
Head was give the shop in 2000 when the original owner passed away, under the sole condition of renaming the shop.
The property's former location on Lakewood Boulevard saw a change of ownership a few years ago, when the original property owner passed away and his children inherited it.
“The one owner came in about two years ago and introduced himself and [said] how he loved having a flower shop; that it’s always good to have a quaint little home business,” said Head.
However, he also seemed to notice something that may have caused a shift in direction.
“Then he saw the old restaurant vent over my work station,” said Head. “I don’t think he even realized it had been anything other than a flower shop…it’s been almost 52 years.”
Now, Head says that her new property owners have voiced desire to put in a food establishment and needed her and her shop to move out.
She has since relocated the shop to a new location at 8130 2nd St. in downtown Downey.
Head says that she believes that her previous location will be occupied by a coffee shop, however, the Downey Patriot was unable to confirm this information.