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New owner with lots of experience

Fairfield flower shop owner takes over Country Charm

Kathy Eklund, owner of Fairfield Flowers & More, is expanding her business with a new shop in Mt. Pleasant, A Little More Country Charm. (Union file photo)
Kathy Eklund, owner of Fairfield Flowers & More, is expanding her business with a new shop in Mt. Pleasant, A Little More Country Charm. (Union file photo)
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MT. PLEASANT — A Little More Country Charm is coming to Mt. Pleasant. The former flower shop is being brought back by Fairfield business owner Kathy Eklund, who owns Fairfield Flowers, and is anticipating opening next week.

Eklund, who was born and raised in Jefferson County, said she first got into the flower business in the 1980s when Fairfield Flowers was owned by Kenny Smith. Eklund took over the shop three years ago.

“It’s something I did a long time ago and something I’ve been in and out of for a while,” Eklund said.

The flower shop owner added when she saw an “opportunity knock,” she decided to take the plunge and purchase her first shop in Fairfield.

“It’s something I like doing and something I’m good at,” she added.

Eklund said she’s excited to be expanding into Mt. Pleasant and has had requests from others about expanding her shop throughout Southeast Iowa.

“It gives us a lot of opportunity for room,” she said. “It’s a different town, new people.”

A Little More Country Charm will be a full-service flower shop and will provide fresh and artificial flowers, centerpieces and is available for memorial work and weddings. The shop will have homemade greeneries for Christmas and a line of home gifts and home decor.

“It’s a little bit of everything,” Eklund said.

As a flower enthusiast, Eklund said she feels “nothing says it better than flowers” and hopes to provide “quality product for a quality price” for Mt. Pleasant locals.

For Eklund, the most rewarding part of the business is often sympathy work for memorials.

“It’s one of the few things we can do to help someone say farewell to a loved one who had a fantastic life,” she said.

Eklund is taking over the shop after previous shop owner Sherry Bertch, who owned the shop for 35 years, died in May. Eklund is keeping a part of the flower shop’s former name, Country Charm, as she moves into the business.

“It means a lot to Sherry’s family that they kept ‘Country Charm’ in the name to honor Sherry,” Lisa Oetken, director of Mt. Pleasant Main Street, said.

Oekten added she’s “very excited” for the new business, and it is “a great addition to the downtown.”

“We were sad to see it closed, so we’re happy to see it carry on,” she said.