<div style="text-align: left;">Cal and Lola Peterson have sold the Flower Garden &amp; Gift Shop just weeks before they were scheduled to close it meaning a key downtown location will remain alive with commercial traffic. Daily Times Herald photo by Jeff Storjohann</div>
Cal and Lola Peterson have sold the Flower Garden & Gift Shop just weeks before they were scheduled to close it meaning a key downtown location will remain alive with commercial traffic. Daily Times Herald photo by Jeff Storjohann
The long-time owners of the Flower Garden & Gift Shop in downtown Carroll have sold the business just weeks before it was expected to close.
Cal and Lola Peterson inked a deal last week for the sale of the business and the lease of the building at 224 W. Fifth St.
It will change hands on Jan. 1 as Lorrie Farrell, 52, of rural Arcadia, a Sioux City native and long-time Omaha, Neb., resident who recently moved to the area, begins management.
“I call it my Christmas miracle,” Lola Peterson said.
The Petersons opened the store about 15 years ago and have been trying to sell it for the last three with an eye on Peterson’s retirement. Farrell, a 26-year employee of Omaha Steaks who was still commuting to Nebraska for the part-time job, read about Peterson’s pending retirement and the planned closure of the Flower Garden & Gift Shop in the Daily Times Herald.
She called the Petersons and moved quickly on the purchase. Farrell’s last day with Omaha Steaks was Friday.
Farrell’s experience at Omaha Steaks is in customer service, and she plans to bring that knowledge to the Carroll business.
“I like working with people since I’ve done that pretty much my whole career,” Farrell said.
Farrell said three current designers in the Flower Garden & Gift Shop will remain with her. They are: Wendy Bates, Tami Holm and Joyce “Fred” Wittrock.
Lola Peterson said the store will continue a 45-percent-off sale through Dec. 29, her last day with the business. The sale applies to all items except fresh flowers and plants.
Peterson said she expects the store to continue to thrive with Farrell’s leadership.
“She has a passion, and you can see it,” Peterson said.
For her part, Farrell has two sons living in Omaha: Sean, 29; and Matt, 27. Matt Farrell was a wrestler at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and Kearney.
Lorrie Farrell coached volleyball and softball in the Omaha area.
Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, notably 6-month-old grandson Nickson, and contributing to public-service projects.
“I wanted to get more involved in the community,” Farrell said.