By TOSHA BAKER
Every room in the FHA house is filled to the brim with flowers and trinkets of all different types and colors ready to be sold for various occasions. This is how Melinda Nolan Moore makes her living.
The chime of a doorbell announces the presence of every customer, and they are greeted with the sight and smell of flowers as they enter the shop called Blessings Floral Designs.
Blessings was started up by Nolan five years ago, and has been at its current location for about a year and a half, but the product remained the same.
“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Nolan said.
Nolan was a deputy clerk at the Powell County Circuit Clerk Office for several years. She quit her job five years ago to peruse her goal of owning a flower shop.
“I’ve had so much encouragement from family and friends and people in the community,” Nolan said. “They have really stood behind me and beside me, I couldn’t do it without that.”
Nolan said her favorite part of the job is seeing the faces of people light up when they receive flowers. She said whether they are 8 or 80 years old it’s a good feeling to see that joy.
Blessings provides flowers for all occasions including funerals. Nolan said when someone trusts you with the last thing they can give their loved one it’s a very humbling experience.
When she began the business Nolan said, she was comfortable doing silk arrangements but she had no experience with fresh flowers. She said it was a learning curve.
The flowers come from all over the world depending on the season. They come from places like Ecuador, Hawaii, Mexico and California. They are packaged tightly in cardboard and shipped to the store overnight and stored in Nolan’s freezer.
“That was the biggest shock for me,” Nolan said. “When they come there all scrunched in together, and their packed tight, and bound.”
Though it was a learning curve in the beginning Nolan is now comfortably making bouquets and vase arrangements using fresh flowers. Nolan said she plans to continue selling flowers as long as her family and the community supports her, and as long as her health will allow. In 2002, Nolan said, she fell down her basement steps and broke both of her arms.
The doctors told her that she would have trouble doing something as simple as writing her name. But she said that has not stopped her from doing what she loves.
Blessings got its name from Nolan trying to combine the names of her two children, Josh Nolan and Chelsea Nolan. She said blessings is what they decided on. Even the small lady bug stamp she uses came from a nickname given to her daughter.
Nolan said her loved ones come to help her around the shop when they can. She said she feels very blessed to have the shop and the support she gets from her family, friends and the community.
“This place,” Nolan said. “Lives up to its name.”