Flower Mine Gift Shop in Craig for sale
Craig — The Flower Mine Gift Shop is for sale and owners and employees are looking forward to having freedom to spend time with family and travel.
“I’m ready for a new adventure and I want to hangout with my grandkids and family,” said Shirley Balleck who has owned the store for 12 years along with her husband Dennis.
Shirely said that during that time the floral business has changed.
Local economic conditions have also had an impact on business, but the Flower Mine Gift Shop continues to turn a profit.
“Last year was a little slower due to all the coal stuff. It goes in cycles. When it’s slow you don’t buy as many gifts up front or as many flowers and you might send help home earlier,” Balleck said. “I think this year it will turn a bigger profit as things are picking up.”
The list price is $298,000. Kim Cox from Cornerstone Realty will handle the sale of the building and the inventory.
Shirely is not quite ready to retire, but she is ready for a change.
“I had it up for sale once before, and I wasn’t ready. Now I’m ready,” Balleck said.
Florist Teresa Rolando works at the store and isn’t sure if she’ll stay or find another job when the store sells.
“I understand it. We are all getting older and it’s time,” Rolando said. “The florist job requires a lot of work on the holidays.”
Charlotte Ketchum started the store about 40 years ago in the mini mall near Cook Chevrolet.
“She had it about 20 years and moved it here. Sold it to someone else who had it for about 8 years. We’ve owned for 12 years next week and signed the papers on our 30th wedding anniversary,” Shirley said.
Dennis isn’t going to miss maintaining the property and Shirley isn’t going to miss the paperwork, but she is going to miss her customers and the creative side of floral arrangements, she said.
“It’s never boring, it’s fun to do. It’s a lot harder work than you think it is,” Balleck said. “It’s not like other retail places. We’ll help new owners out.”