Beginning with the original idea to run “just a small flower shop,” Anita Foust and her daughter Shelly Kramer have watched Sugar Plum Floral and Greenhouses grow into a thriving business in just two years.
Foust said that since her daughter had always been good with crafts and flowers, they decided to buy the old Enchanted Floral in 2007, but only a month later, bought Falcon Floral and moved their business.
The name “Sugar Plum” comes from Foust’s maiden name, Plum, and was suggested by Kramer.
This full-service, year-round floral shop sells not only cut flowers for bouquets, but house plants, gifts, seeds and jewelry made by local artist, Donna Plum, who just happens to be Foust’s mother. Sugar Plum also offers local delivery of flower bouquets, and can arrange to have flowers delivered at a distance as well.
The interior is a visually pleasing combination of modern and shabby chic. A bank of coolers line one wall and contain as many as 25 to 30 different types of fresh, cut flowers for customers to choose from. A large variety of houseplants is artfully placed around the shop interspersed with unique gifts. A Garden Room, which adjoins the main shop, carries seasonal items.
Kramer manages the floral shop assisted by a full-time certified florist, Teri Wallace. Wallace has worked in the floral industry for 30 years.
“She does a great job and is fun to work with,” said Foust.
Last year was the first time Sugar Plum opened their greenhouses. Foust said that even though they started late in the season, they had a good response from the community.
“We’re hoping the greenhouses give us a push this year,” she said. “We are growing perennials, annuals, vegetables and herbs.”
Foust expressed they will also carry trees, shrubs, grapes, berries, seed potatoes and onions. In addition, they will carry gardening products such as bark, bagged soil, pots and some gardening products.
Alongside Foust, Mikayla Jordan works in the greenhouse. She holds a degree in horticulture from the University of Idaho and is available to give advice or answer gardening questions.
“The greenhouses were a learning experience last year,” said Foust. “This year we feel a lot more confident and we got an earlier start.”
Sugar Plum is a family business, and it seems that everyone in the family pitches in when needed. Tom Foust has been fixing the building to give it curb appeal and making repairs as needed. The Fousts’ two other daughters make deliveries on busy days such as Valentine’s Day. Foust’s sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Theron Wages, helped update the interior when the business first opened.
Even though Sugar Plum won’t be ready to sell garden plants until Mother’s Day, Foust invites the public to come into the greenhouses and see the hundreds of trays sprouting small plants.
“If you have spring fever, come on in and look around,” said Foust. “It’s warm, light and smells like spring.”