On the first of September, Pattie Scarpelli will hang up her apron as owner of Beaumont Florist, and longtime employee Amy Walling will become the new owner of the neighborhood floral shop at 4201 N.E. Fremont St.
“The timing was just right” said Scarpelli. “Amy was ready to take it over. We’ve talked about it for years and this has always been our plan. My husband is retired now and next month I’ll have two grandkids, so it’s time for my next adventure.”
Scarpelli owned the business for 28 years and worked in the shop for ten years before that, when it was called Fremont Florist and owned by Ken Woods. When Woods passed away suddenly in 1988, Scarpelli re-opened the business as Beaumont Florist.
Beaumont Florist is a full-service floral business that offers delivery, flower arrangements, plants, stuffed animals, cards and fresh flowers daily. They specialize in corporate settings, weddings and funerals.
“I’ll miss the flowers,” said Scarpelli. “Everyday is different with flowers, because of the seasons. I’ll miss my customers. They’ve become my friends. I’m going to miss the gals here, tremendously, but I’ll be popping in a lot. I only live ten blocks away. It’s like a big family here now. This is how I keep up with the news in the neighborhood. My customers and my business neighbors come in and tell me what’s going on.”
Scarpelli has seen many changes in the neighborhood over the years.
“The neighborhood has gotten so much busier and there’s so much traffic now,” said Scarpelli. “The street has grown up. The commercial district used to be concentrated on the corner of Northeast 42nd Avenue and Fremont and everything else was residential. Now it extends east for many blocks.”
Wailing began working at the shop 26 years ago, shortly after Scarpelli took over. (She says she was 12 at the time.) Wailing has been in the floral business since she was 14 years old, working at a neighborhood florist in the Tri-Cities, Washington.
“It’s the only career I’ve ever known,” said Walling. “This is an art. It’s not just something you can have on a shelf and pull off. We are a local, neighborhood florist. We’re real people. We talk with you; we feel with you, we cry with you. Flowers are a special occasion. They always make you smile.”
Walling doesn’t plan any immediate changes for the shop.
“Pattie’s got a pretty good plan and this business runs smoothly,” said Walling. “We’re going to have some new employees of course and we’ll need to replace Pattie – not that anyone could ever really replace Pattie. This is a great neighborhood. Everybody’s friendly. Everybody talks to everybody. I love all the dogs and the kids. This shop has been here for a long time and we’re not going anywhere.”
For more information, call 503-281-5501 or visit www.beaumontflorist.net.