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                                               Shop around the Corner

                         A Colorful Window Box
                                                                by Sarah Bull
                                                Photography by Sarah Wagaman



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                  arefully wrapping the ends          an enchanted garden. Overflowing baskets of           The wedding center “is set up so that the
                  of each flower in green paper,      vibrant-colored flowers and greens surround        young ladies can sit down at their leisure and
                  Kathy Hudson nestles the last       the room, scenting the air. The walls are          go through floral books to get ideas,” Kathy
                  sprig of her masterpiece into a     adorned with the work of two acrylic painters      says. “We talk about the different options
     clear box and gives the spray of flowers a       who sell their creations on consignment.           of flowers they could use to create the look
     final approving look.                            Purses, pillows, and hand-painted greeting         they’re hoping for. Many times they’ll bring in
        In her second year as the owner and lead      cards from other vendors, and Kathy’s own          swatches from their gowns to match the colors.
     floral designer of the Window Box Flower         selection of specialized gifts and candles, fill   It works very well for them and us.”
     Shop at 242 Main Street in Blossburg, Kathy      the shelves. Kathy repainted and designed             Helping people comes naturally to Kathy,
     has perfected the art of creating each of her    the store herself with the same flare she brings   so it’s a joy for her to give more at special times
     floral arrangements with a unique style.         to giving life to a bouquet. On one side of        of the year. At Christmastime, she donates
        Her eyes sparkle as she talks about her       the store is a wedding center, just one of the     flowers to local nursing homes and shut-ins,
     shop. “My favorite part about owning the         special services, from funeral arrangements        and her shop window is radiant with light and
     Window Box is that it is constantly changing.    to dry-cleaning drop offs for Troy Dry             warmth. There’s a charming hand-painted sign
     Each floral arrangement is different. Each day   Cleaning, that she offers her customers.           with a single flower, lettered in a way that seems
     has its own flavor.”                             She also offers Teleflora, a national and
        All around her, the Window Box glows like     international floral wire service.                                                   See Shop on page 60

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              almost old-fashioned today, with her telephone number, “The
              Window Box, 638 3662.” The flower shop has been recognized
              by Blossburg V.I.B.E. (Visions in Business & Entertainment) as
              the “Best Business Display” in town.
                 “Giving is something that is very dear to my heart,” Kathy
              says. “I love that I am able to bless people in these ways. It’s not
              just all about the money I can make here; it’s about what I can
              do for people.”
                 Valentine’s Day is a labor of love, literally, as the Window
              Box is flooded with customers. “There are a small handful of
              guys who think about Valentine’s Day three to five days ahead
              of time,” Kathy laughs. “But most of them don’t think about it
              until the day before or the day of. So it is fast and furious in here.
              And a very long day.”
                 Flitting around her design area with the energy of a hummingbird
              tending to her flowers, Kathy explains what drives her ambition. “I
              had excellent training from my parents, especially my dad. On the
              farm where I grew up, my dad taught me the value of hard, quality
              work, and constantly thinking in advance.”
                 Kathy places the matching clear lid atop its box, carries
              her latest hand-designed spray to the front of the store, and
              delivers it into waiting hands. Kathy wishes another satisfied
              customer a good day and smiles as she watches one of her
              treasures make its way home.

               Shop: Window Box Flower Shop
               Phone: 570-638-3662
               Address: 242 Main Street, Blossburg, Pa 16912


              Mountain Home contributing writer Sarah Bull is a student at
              Mansfield University.


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