Lake Avnue florist a headquarters for seasonal decorating items

Friday, November 2, 2012
In 1957, Hoffmans Flower and Candle Shop began hosting a special event to signify upcoming holiday festivities. Now known as the Holiday Open House, owner Helen Bosley and employees Kelly Scott, Mary Larsen, Jane Else and Janelle Weitzel continue the tradition with other downtown businesses. /File photo

Stop by Hoffmans Flower and Candle Shop during the Holiday Open House this weekend and take advantage of sale prices on a wide variety of fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas indoor and outdoor decorating items.

Owner Helen Bosley, who celebrated 40 years of ownership this August, has already decked the halls at her store, showcasing the season's colors and trends.

Inside, a red, green, silver and white winter wonderland has been created at the Lake Avenue florist: delicate, sparkling snowflakes dangle from the ceiling, while natural arrangements featuring berries, evergreen and pinecone adorn the walls.

A welcoming touch can be created with the gift shop's Willow Tree nativities, tin snowmen, old-world Santas and a variety of scented seasonal candles.

As the holiday season draws closer, fresh wreaths will be available, Bosley said.

But fall and Thanksgiving are not forgotten---an extensive section offers decor in favorite butternut yellows, pumpkin oranges and cranberry reds.

Screenings, brightly-colored indoor and outdoor decorations created from metal window screens, can be hung from windows or on doors.

"We have Screenings for every season," Bosley said. "They're something new, different and fun."

This weekend, Bosley will be offering a new product---necklaces made from ties.

"They're interesting for younger people, and the rest of us too," she said, with a smile. "They can add something special to our wardrobes."

Bosley also has ensured the downtown is looking its best, with white Christmas lights and updated decorations, due to collaborations with Bob Bergendoff and Wendie Whitney.

"Christmas is always special, and is something I like to be a part of," the long-time business owner, community volunteer and Santa's Castle board member said. "Downtown decorating is important, because it makes the town festive while adding a touch of warmth."

Excluding select items, Hoffmans will be offering 20 percent off on Saturday and Sunday. The Holiday Open House, a tradition the shop started 55 years ago, will take place at downtown businesses on Sunday from 12-5 p.m.