Fran's Flowers in Brewerton plans for anniversary celebration
Since the doors first opened in January of 1960, Fran's Flowers has always been a family-owned business. Even now that Frances "Fran" Van Epps, the founder of the Brewerton-based shop, has passed away, the family is dedicated to carrying on the "family legacy."
The landmark of their neon sign on at 9517 Brewerton Road shows that not everything has changed in the many years of Fran's Flowers.
Almost 50 years ago, Van Epps began the floral journey by running the business from her basement. She supported her two sons, Robert and James, while running the shop. Robert immediately joined the working team as soon as he acquired his driver's license at age 16 so he could make deliveries for his mother.
As the business grew, the family followed in step. Van Epps' grandchildren Melissa and Craig began helping at the roadside stand when they were in elementary school.
Years later as the third generation steps in, Melissa "Missy" Van Epps-Goudreau is continuing the tradition as she runs the floral shop with her parents, Bob and Sandy Van Epps.
They've come a long way with almost 50 years worth of hard work by taking the same pride in producing fresh flower arrangements for all occasions, Sandy said.
Each day the Van Epps are reminded of Fran's hard work and her pride in keeping the business in the family, and even more so, the family wants to honor what she started, Sandy said.
Thus, a 50th anniversary celebration is now underway. The family will be hosting opportunities for community members to win free floral arrangements and services.
"It's something we just thought up about six months ago," Sandy said. "It's a way to remember Fran and promote the family business despite the downtime."
Because the kids have grown up around the business, Sandy said it only fit that Missy take over and run the shop alongside her mother.