Lola Peterson served as president of the Carroll Chamber of Commerce during a crucial period with the Corridor of Commerce development.<span style="font-size: xx-small;"><em> Daily Times Herald photo by Douglas Burns</em></span>
Lola Peterson served as president of the Carroll Chamber of Commerce during a crucial period with the Corridor of Commerce development. Daily Times Herald photo by Douglas Burns
Thursday, November 8, 2012

Former Carroll of Chamber president and longtime downtown business leader Lola Peterson has announced her retirement at the Flower Garden & Gift Shoppe.

Peterson will be closing the business at 224 W. Fifth St. and seeking to lease or sell the property that she and her husband, Cal, own.

“This has been a dream fulfilled and now a dream-come-true to retire and spend time with my grandchildren,” Peterson said.

Peterson has operated the business for 15 years. Her original goal was to run it for a decade.

“But 15 years went by quickly, and now it is time to move on and enjoy my time with family and friends,” she said.

Peterson made the announcement at a Chamber coffee last week. She spoke with The Daily Times Herald following the event.

The Flower Garden & Gift Shoppe features a full-service floral department, home decor and gifts, a full-service wedding department and Little Sprouts baby and infant clothing department.

Peterson’s retirement sale started on Saturday and will be a complete closeout, including displays, fixtures and all inventory. The building is 6,100-square-feet.

Carroll Chamber Business Development director Rosanne Nees said Peterson served as a highly successful Chamber president in 2004..

“I think Lola did an absolutely wonderful job as Chamber president,” Nees said.

Peterson demonstrated passion for her business and excelled at forging consensus, Nees said. This came at a vital time as Carroll was in the early stages of the Corridor of Commerce development. Peterson also worked to recruit new businesses to Carroll.

“She was never afraid to go out and talk to her fellow retailers and get everybody on the team,” Nees said.