Second generation takes over shop

November 3rd, 2011    Author: Kristin Bednarski    Filed Under: News

Trisha Brasfield, right, is taking over Batavia Floral Designs in Batavia, which her mother Mary Lou Parrott opened 24 years ago. Brasfield will maintain the same services the shop has always provided to customers.

Batavia Floral Designs will be changing names and ownership this month, as it moves into its 25th year of business. But patrons of the family-owned business in Batavia will hardly notice a difference.

Owner Mary Lou Parrott, who opened the floral shop in 1987 decided it was time to retire this year after building the business into one that has served residents for generations.

“We pride ourselves in being a family florist,” Parrott said.

Which is why she is selling the business to her daughter Trisha Brasfield, who has been working at the business for years.

“She came to me and said ‘I can do this,’” Parrott said of Brasfield. “This is the way we have always pictured it.”

Parrott said opening the floral shop years ago was an impulse. But with the help of Mickey Rammel and Julie Haglage, and a lot of hard work, the shop became successful.

Batavia Floral Designs provides services for funerals and weddings and also sells arrangements, cards and gifts.

Parrott said her favorite thing about the shop is that she has been able to get to know so many of her customers.

“We have done people’s weddings and have now done their children’s wedding,” she said. “You become a part of their lives, I have enjoyed that more than anything.”

Parrott said this year she started getting the feeling that it was time for something else. And having Brasfield ready to take over made the decision even easier.

“I’ve done what I had to do,” Parrott said. “My life is to be continued.”

Nov. 1 marked the anniversary of the floral shop, and also was the beginning of the new ownership. Although for Brasfield, it felt like a pretty normal day.

“It’s what I’ve been doing for 20 years,” Brasfield said.

Brasfield grew up around the floral shop and studied floral design when she was at the University of Cincinnati. After graduating, she was able to study under a designer in Arizona. Since she has been working as a floral designer she has won several awards for her designs.

Brasfield said the shop will probably feel different after a few weeks without her mother there, but she will continue to operate the business the same way, only now the business will be called Batavia Floral Creations and Gifts.

Brasfield said she is changing the name of the business slightly to reflect her personality and contribution to the shop, she said beside that, customers will see no major differences.

“I look forward to carrying on what we have,” Brasfield said. “When your have something that’s working you don’t mess it up.”

Batavia Floral Creations and Gifts is located at 229 E. Main Street in Batavia. For more information visit www.bataviafloraldesigns.comor call (513) 732-2323.

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