After 34 years of brightening people’s day with flowers, the owner of A Flower Basket is planning to retire
BELLEFONTE — After 34 years of brightening people’s day with flowers, the owner of A Flower Basket is planning to retire come fall.
Owner Faith Miller, formerly known as Faith Weaver, 56, of Mill Hall, plans to retire by September and sell the shop, but she is hoping that someone interested in buying it will continue the tradition of running it as a flower shop. Over the past three decades, Miller said she has enjoyed bringing a little something extra special to the lives of community members and those who pass through and stop at her shop.
Step inside her shop and you will be instantly greeted by an array of cute, whimsical gifts and pretty flowers. After you order some flowers for a special occasion or just because, Miller will head into the back to carefully fix up a beautiful bouquet that will surely bring a smile to the recipient. In the back room is essentially Miller’s “little workshop,” which is full of tools, ribbons and other odds and ends to give a bouquet a little something extra special.
“When we went through that really dreary couple of weeks, we had a lot of people come in just to buy flowers to brighten somebody’s day a little bit,” Miller said.
Before A Flower Basket, Miller never dreamed of owning her own flower shop and said that she just sort of fell into the business in 1983. Miller grew up in Centre Hall and went to school at what was formerly called Williamsport Area Community College and is now known as Penn College, where she earned a two-year associate degree.
Over the years, her children, Sam Weaver, 27, and Carla Cipro, 28, along with her parents, Vicky and Joe Hammaker, have been a huge help in helping her run the store. Miller takes pride in the little shop and the role it has played in the local community.
One special thing she has been able to do through the shop is deliver birthday flowers to the Centre Crest nursing and rehabilitation facility. The shop has been doing this since at least 2005, and the effort has been met with many positive reactions.
“Some of the residents will say that that’s the only time they ever got a flower or some of them just don’t have family, so they appreciate that somebody remembered them on their birthday,” Miller said.
Each month, Centre Crest will send Miller their newsletter that lists residents’ birthdays and employees at A Flower Basket will arrange to deliver a carnation corsage to the facility.
One fond memory Miller has is when the shop received a special order to Penn State from country singer Garth Brooks, which added a little excitement to the day. Another nice moment was this year when the shop delivered a dozen roses each to Penn State President Eric Barron, football coach James Franklin and athletic director Sandy Barbour, right around the time Penn State was heading to the Rose Bowl.
In the community, A Flower Basket has been a supporter of community events and area schools, mainly those in the Bellefonte Area School District. Miller said the shop tries to sponsor various events and give donations when needed.
When asked what she will miss most about running the shop, Miller said, “Everything.”
“Of course the nice people that come in and the people that I work with,” she added.
Once Miller retires, she said she plans to devote more time to hobbies and a little traveling, along with having a little more time to spend with friends and family.
Carla Cipro, Miller’s daughter, said, “I hope someone will love this second home as much as we did.”
A Flower Basket, located at 633 E. Howard St., is currently for sale under Kissinger Bigatel & Brower Realtors, and the listing can be found online at under MLS ID #49590 at http://www.1kbb.com/.