By RODNEY D. BOAM
There are some new faces at Edwards Floral, 74 E. 400 S. Jeff and Lee Hollingsworth acquired the Edwards Floral business from Steve and ReNae Edwards recently.
The Edwards have owned and operated the longstanding business for 37 years. Steve’s parents had it for 30-years before that.
“Edwards Floral has been a Preston business mainstay for almost 70 years and they have a very good reputation,” said Jeff Hollingsworth. “We are planning to keep that same reputation. I guess if you think about it, it still is staying in the family. Steve’s mother and my grandmother were sisters.”
Lee, who recently retired, was an FFA advisor and taught some floral design at Bear Lake High School over the years. After driving through Emigration Canyon for 19 years, the couple felt like the time was right to have her work closer to home.
“It will be a big relief not to have her drive over the mountain anymore,” her husband Jeff said.
The new business owners plan to continue Edwards Floral traditional services of flower arrangements for funerals, anniversaries, weddings and selling bedding plants from the green houses.
They will try to keep their existing employees and add Afton, their daughter, and Jake, their son, to the existing work force.
Jeff plans to continue his work as a sales representative for Genex and Lee will manage and run the show at Edwards. Jeff said he’ll take care of the maintenance and repairs on the facility. He also plans to be a “delivery boy” or whatever else is wife tells him to do.
This story is sponsored by Maple Creek Hot Springs.
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