Albertine Florals in Denver recently doubled its size by taking over another unit in the West Pointe Shoppes plaza.
The expansion, which included knocking out the wall dividing the two units, took the store from 1,500 square feet to 3,000 square feet, allowing more room for retail, design and storage space.
“It’s the right time now to expand,” owner Judy Armstrong told the Times-News on Monday.
She said business has been picking up and she was running out of room.
“It’s not convenient to have off-site storage,” she added.
With the unit next door empty, she decided it would be best to acquire it before it was rented out to someone else.
Now, with the extra room, Albertine Florals, which has seven employees, has set up a Christmas-themed display, while still promoting fall and Halloween decor in its original space. Armstrong noted that she decided to use the additional space for the Christmas merchandise, including a tree, ornaments and various collectible lines, because she didn’t want the holidays to sneak up without time to switch out the display.
She hopes to keep the window displays current, noting that she has “three great designers” to stay on top of the task, one of whom, Michael Walls, has had his work featured in various national magazines.
Armstrong opened the business in April of 2008, having moved to Denver seven years ago from Illinois.
She ran a flower shop and bed-and-breakfast there for about 10 years.
Her current venture is named after a type of French rose. Her brother had given her an Albertine rosebush before she opened the store, inspiring its name.
Both the business, and the rosebush for which it is named, have continued to flourish over the years.
Albertine Florals offers both fresh and silk floral arrangements, plants and novelty gifts for a variety of occasions and delivers to Denver, Huntersville, Cornelius, Lincolnton, Sherrills Ford, Terrell, Stanley, Iron Station and some areas of Charlotte, according to its website.
For more information, visit: www.albertineflorals.com.