A business that called the Over the Mountain area home for almost four decades has settled into new digs in Birmingham.
Dorothy McDaniel Flower Market, which was located in Homewood for 37 years, is now open at 3300 Third Ave. S. next to the Mayer Lighting Showroom.
McDaniel first opened the flower market on Linden Street in Homewood in the late 1970s and moved the business to Birmingham’s Southside in July.
“We moved for a couple of reasons–we needed more workspace and we needed more onsite storage space, so we purchased this building,” McDaniel said.
McDaniel was the divorced mother of three young boys and was teaching criminology classes part time at the University of Alabama at Birmingham when she decided to launch her own business.
“It was scary and exhilarating at the same time,” she said. “I had done flowers for friends for years, but it just got to the point that I either had to go into business or lose a lot of friends.”
McDaniel expanded the shop into a full-service flower market that handles everything from weddings and galas to citywide–and nationwide–delivery of fresh flower arrangements.
“I’ve always operated under that old adage that the customer is always right,” she said.
McDaniel said even after almost 40 years in the business, she still loves coming to work each day.
“I just love what I do,” she said. “I love people and I love flowers.”
For more information on Dorothy McDaniel Flower Market’s new location, visit www.dorothymcdaniel.com or call 871-0092.