Town centre florist marks 10 years of running her own shop

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 29 Dec 2017

Blooming success has been celebrated by a town centre florist who branched out on her own 10 years ago.

Clare Smith, proprietor of the Hidden Garden in Chapel Court, Brigg, marked her milestone with a visit from the market town's first citizen.

Brigg town mayor Councillor Sharon Riggall called at the shop to pass on her congratulations in person.

"I think this is marvellous," said the town mayor.

"We have known each other a long time."

To mark a decade of running her own shop, Clare also received a visit from her mentor in floristry, Eric Lewis, now retired, who traded in Ashby and Brigg for 30 years.

Eric Lewis with Brigg town mayor Sharon Riggall and Hidden Garden proprietor Clare Smith, right, who was celebrating 10 years of running her own shop in the town

The man who furnished flowers for the Queen’s royal visit to Normanby Hall taught Clare the skills required to be a successful florist.

A former pupil of Sir John Nelthorpe School, Brigg, Clare later went on to attend the renowned Bishop Burton College, on the north bank, on a part-time basis.

Eric still helps by fashioning floral wreaths for her shop.

Clare launched her own florist's in her home town during 2007, spending three years trading at a smaller shop on College Yard before moving to the current premises.

They are just a stone’s throw from the town's busy main shoppers’ car park on Old Courts Road, which generates plenty of footfall for local traders.

With flowers being an integral part of funerals, Clare said it was the death of an uncle that "spurred me on" to become a florist running her own business. She is supported in the venture by her parents and her partner Colin Good, a local builder. Clare’s shop provides flowers for all occasions.

She can be contacted at the shop on 01652 651000.

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