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Monday, 09 May 2016 12:06

Lewis Flowers Celebrates 80 Years Featured

When many small businesses find it difficult to get past one or two years successfully, Lewis Flowers is celebrating a remarkable milestone.

Lewis Flowers, at 135 Frances St. in Wingham, is celebrating 80 years in business this May. Current owner, Al Dickson, has a long list of activities planned to celebrate the anniversary taking place Saturday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dickson purchased the business from father-in-law Jack Lewis, who had worked the business with his father Ernie starting in 1936. Ernie Lewis started his florist career in England before coming to Canada in 1932. The idea was to have a facility for off-season growing which “blossomed” into an 80 year and counting success.

The greenhouses originally began in lower Wingham near the river and were owned by T.C. Graham. The flat land led to good planting, but 2 years of washed out plants due to flooding meant a change had to be made. At that time, 1898, there were no houses on the East side of Diagonal Road along Frances St. Being high and dry a facility of almost 6000 square feet was built which extended as far back as Catherine Street. Ernie Lewis bought the business from Milton Graham in 1936 and thus Lewis Flowers was started. Ernie owned the business until 1964 when his son Jack purchased the business after having worked for his father for several years. Jack owned the business until 1984 when he sold to Dickson.

In 1972, due to rising fuel costs, the size of the greenhouses was cut back to 3500 square feet. The greenhouses are now 2500 square feet.

Planned events for May 14:

  • Blast from the past showcasing antique cars and tractors from the 1930's
  • 1930's radios from The Olde Tyme Radio Ship in Belgrave
  • Hop into the movies with Star Wars characters (12:00 - 2:00)
  • Live music 10-12 and 2-4
  • Free bouncy castles and obstacle course for all ages 10-4
  • Free viewing of Jeff Norgate's model trains at 147 Frances St 1-4
  • Free snow cones
  • Face painting

 

 

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