Shop Talk is a weekly column featuring locally owned and operated businesses. This week, we talk to Tammy Barnhart of Sidney House of Flowers.
How long have you lived in the area?
I’ve lived in the area all of my life. I grew up in Sidney.
Tell me about your business.
It is a flower shop. Since I took it over, I have been trying to incorporate more gifts. I carry handmade items from local people, such as Imabella candles, jewelry, and hand painted glassware and different wreaths and swags that I make.
The flower business does weddings and funerals. There is a funeral home down the street, and we get the majority of funeral work. Also, we deliver around the area — arrangements for birthdays, sympathy and get-well deliveries. I carry a lot of all different kinds of houseplants.
I’ve been here all my life. I know most of the people in this area. We are flexible in working with people in terms of pricing and getting the flowers or other supplies that they need.
How did you get started in this line of work?
My mother has a business upstairs. The previous owner was looking to sell (this business). I worked with the owner for a month and found that I had a knack for it. She taught me what I needed to know. I had always worked outdoors with plants and had done dried floral arrangements. So I decided to give it a try. I’ve had this business for about two and a half years. The shop itself has been in the town for over 50 years.
Where do you see this business in five years?
Hopefully the economy picks up and I’m hoping I can expand to offer more and different crafts and gifts. I would really like this to be more than a flower shop. There are not too many shops in town that offer gifts.