Jan Peterson has (reluctantly) announced that she will be retiring and everything in her Main Street store - her pride and joy - will be sold and the doors will be closed.
It was a difficult decision to make, she shared but she is at that age - where she needs to spend time with her husband and take part in the busy lives of her seven grandchildren which range in age 10 months to 17.
"I'm sad. This is my baby," she said. "It will be a different lifestyle for me not being here."
But she will adjust and most likely wonder what she ever did without her life of ease!
The Garden Gate is one of those places that has simply "fun" to go to. The aroma of the shop has always been sweet and it takes many minutes for your eyes to absorb all of the goods carefully placed in the shop.
Peterson has operated the flower/gift shop since 1993 and has loved every minute of it.
"I absolutely love this place and am very proud of it," she commented.
When the shop opened, Peterson's intentions were to offer Alta and the surrounding communities a place to purchase fresh flowers. She soon found out that there was much more physical labor volved than she ever thought. Many, many weddings were colorized with flowers from the Garden Gate - and many hours were put in to making those weddings special over the years. Peterson quit offering the fresh flowers five years ago but contined to offer delivery of green plants and designing silk arrangements for any decor.
It is the friendly service - and the unique gift items that Peterson managed to find at market year after year - that has kept the customers coming back. The Garden Gate will be missed - especially at Christmas when the store has been known to be ablaze with color and fragrance and some of the greatest decor around.
Peterson wants the public to know that employee Kristen Watts will continue to offer the tulle and lights at the Alta Community Center for those special events.
It is hoped that someone will come along and purchase the building and develop his or her own enterprise to serve the people of Alta and surrounding communities.
The Garden Gate is now running an awesome sale with an array of items to chose from. She would like to have things wrapped up by March.