Bellefonte flower shop celebrates change of ownership

EMMA GOSALVEZ/THE EXPRESS Craig Munnell gets ready to cut the ribbon last Saturday morning, alongside his wife and co-owner, Susan. To the left of Susan are, from left: Gary Hoover, executive director of the Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce; Pastor Will Osman of St. John Lutheran Church; and Bellefonte Mayor Tom Wilson. Behind them are staff and volunteers who have helped with the business.

By EMMA GOSALVEZ

egosalvez@lockhaven.com

BELLEFONTE — Spring has sprung and with it comes the demand for beautiful flowers, a demand which A Flower Basket will continue to meet with its recent change in ownership.

On Saturday, April 14, A Flower Basket held a grand reopening and ribbon-cutting ceremony, as new owners Susan and Craig Munnell were welcomed into the Bellefonte business community.

Last September, former owner Faith Miller retired and sold the shop to the Munnells. Miller, who ran the shop for 34 years, has remained a big help to the new owners.

“She’s still working with me and helping me, and she’s just guided me through the transition,” Susan said. “I couldn’t have done it without her.”

One new addition to the shop is a full-fledged gift shop in the front of the store, Susan said. The gift shop features local artists and products from Pennsylvania-based businesses. The plan is to have the greenhouse running next year so the shop can offer its own summer plants.

“My biggest thing is to help the community and to give good customer service,” Susan said. “I just hope that it’s some place that people can come to and feel comfortable and confident that they’re going to get good service and good product.”

The Munnells have lived in Bellefonte for the past 13 years. Susan, who grew up in Lewistown, said she was an elementary school teacher in the Mifflin County Area School District for 29 years. Craig runs his own landscape maintenance company and is a pastor at Tusseyville United Church of Christ.

Running a business has been a lifelong dream of Susan’s.

“Since I was little, my best friend and I were always making ‘shops’ in our bedrooms and in our basements,” Susan said. “It has always been my dream, but it’s really hard to do. This came up, and Craig and I kept praying about whether we should do it or not, and then we took the plunge and I resigned. It has been the best thing.”

She added, “Marrying Craig was the best decision I ever made and buying this was the second.”

A Flower Basket, at 633 E. Howard St., Bellefonte, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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