Owners Bill and Bobbi Taylor said Saturday will be the last day of business for the store at 7 W. Main St.
“We hate to close the business in downtown Norwalk,” Bill Taylor said. “We’ve had a lot of valued customers that I really want to thank a lot and have been with us since we opened the business. ... It’s been an honor; it truly has. We’re excited to be closing the shoppe but we’ll be missing the customers.”
Taylor said he and his wife plan to retire, travel and “just enjoy life some.”
Taylor purchased the building in September 1990, becoming its fifth owner. Some of the furniture in the store dates to 1917 and there is even a hand-painted safe from 1848.
“All those years, it’s either been a clothing store or a flower shop,” Taylor said in a story published in the November/December issue of Discover Norwalk Magazine.
“We’ve done a lot of remodeling since then, put in a second floor Christmas shop upstairs,” Taylor told the Reflector last week. “It’s just been a great business but it’s just been time to say goodbye.”
The business is set to close on Saturday — or after all merchandise is sold.
“It’s been good for us. It really has,” the 84-year-old man said. “My whole life has been retail, basically. I was 26 years at JCPenney. I was there as manager. It’s just all I’ve done. It’s been a long time but I’ve just always been very active. I guess I should have retired a lot sooner maybe.”
Bobbie Taylor has worked at the store for 28 years, having been hired there one year before Bill Taylor bought the store. The Taylors have been married for 15 years and their blended family includes six children and 11 grandchildren.
The best part of the business — and the hardest aspect to leave behind — is the customers, he said.
“I deliver the flowers to people, so I make them happy,” he said. “The girls do the designing work, but I get to go out and make people smile. I get the good part of the job.”
Now, the flower shop is available for any who would like to purchase the business, or simply lease the space.
“We just kept procrastinating and not setting a date (to close),” Taylor said.
“Well, finally we set a date and we chose the last day of March. Now, if someone still wants to come along and be interested in the business, we would help them do the business. It’s a turn key operation. The business is still doing very well, it’s just that it’s time for us to get out of it. Or if someone comes along and is interested in the building, then we’ll liquidate the merchandise in here and either sell the building or lease it out. “
Already, though flower sales continue, everything in the store is at least 50-percent off.
Any who are interested in the business or building can call Taylor at 419-706-4554.
Knudsen recognized for service
BELLEVUE — A local teacher was recognized for hard work and dedication she puts into her service to the community.
The Northwestern Ohio Education Association (NWOEA) presented Christy Knudsen of the Bellevue Education Association the NWOEA Local Service Award at the district’s annual awards banquet held at the Findlay Country Club on March 6. This award recognizes individuals for distinguished service and for outstanding work for their local association.
Knudsen has been a teacher for 20 years, teaching high school math at Bellevue City Schools. As a member of the Bellevue Education Association, she served on the social committee and is a member of her Building Leadership Team. Two years ago she was elected as the association treasurer and quickly and efficiently gained control of the budget. She attended the treasurer’s workshops and implemented the information into the budget so the association can maintain its funds in the black. Knudsen has also served as her local’s representative on the S.H.O.E.S. UniServ Leadership Council.
Knudsen keeps the scorebook for a Little League Team, operates the basketball scoreboard for the Bellevue Middle School, and assists at the finish line at the Bellevue High School Track and Field events. She volunteers for the Committee To Grow Bellevue, planting spring flowers and doing fall clean-up.
RISE to meet Tuesday in Sandusky
SANDUSKY — The Regional Incubator for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship (RISE) announced the next installment of RISEing Entrepreneurs — a networking and speaker series for local entrepreneurs will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Bates Farm Kitchen in Sandusky.
The speaker, Daniel Jones, founder of Echo, is a newcomer on the FinTech scene and has an idea to revolutionize investing and trading. Local entrepreneurs will hear Jones speak about his experience in founding Echo, along with the tips and problem-solving techniques he has learned along the way. Food and drinks will be available and the event is free to attend.
Due to limited seating, however, people are asked to RSVP for the event at [email protected] or 419-627-7051.
Colleges, universities enter regional partnership
Six public colleges and universities in northwest Ohio entered into a compact reaffirming their commitment to working collectively and collaboratively to educate residents in northwest Ohio March 20.
Bowling Green State University, Northwest State Community College, Owens State Community College, Rhodes State Community College, Terra State Community College and the University of Toledo will comprise the Northwest Region Higher Education Compact.
“This signing marks the first step in what will be an ongoing process for our schools in the northwest region,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey. “I look forward to seeing the future results of this partnership as these colleges and universities continue to strive to make a quality education more affordable for all students, and keep us tracking toward our statewide attainment goal.”
This compact will allow the institutions to expand their capabilities by facilitating coordinated and efficient academic, financial, and administrative operations. The model is expected to allow better outcomes for direct from high school, adult, and workforce development student populations. This includes creating pathways from the kindergarten through 12th grade system to higher education that will lower the overall cost of higher education in the northwest Ohio region, while providing high-quality educational offerings.
Pioneer job fair
SHELBY — Pioneer Career and Technology Center will host a Job Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the arena at Pioneer, 27 Ryan Road, Shelby.
Over 60 employers participating are looking to fill positions in manufacturing, welding, construction, office clerical, distribution, healthcare, customer service and more. Military representatives, business counselors, as well as educational resources will also be present.
This event is free to the public and job seekers should bring resumes and dress professionally. Call 419-347- 7744 ext. 42941 with any questions.
Lake Erie wildlife investigator praised
SANDUSKY — State Wildlife Investigator Brian Bury, assigned to the Lake Erie Unit, has been name Wildlife Officer of the Year by Wildlife Officer Lodge 143, of the Fraternal Order of Police of the State, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Bury currently resides in Sandusky County with his wife, Stephanie. And according to the Lodge 143, Bury is a “prime example of the passion and professionalism wildlife officers bring to the field every day and is proud of his accomplishments and dedication.”
Bury received his nomination along with six other wildlife officers and investigators throughout Ohio. His dedication to wildlife resource and his fellow officers does not go unnoticed. Bury serves as a field training officer, and frequently works with wildlife officers from around the state to give them an opportunity to work on Lake Erie. For many years, he organized the Sandusky County River clean-up in the City of Fremont, resulting in a large amount of trash removed from it’s banks. An investigation headed by Bury yielded three separate convictions against a commercial fishing company that led to the company being fined $3,000 and resulted in a 20-day suspension of the fishing operation.
Bury started his career with ODNR in 1997, where he held several seasonal and intern positions. In 2003, he graduated from the state wildlife officer training academy and was assigned to Sandusky County. Bury served in Sandusky County for 10 years, before being promoted to his current post as State Wildlife Investigator in 2013.
For more information about becoming a state wildlife officer or the ODNR Division of Wildlife please visit wildohio.gov.
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