|Special Occasions has a new owner. Cheryl Elsenraat took over the shop on April 29, 2005. "I always wanted to have a shop, but I thought it would be a craft shop," said Cheryl, who had been a loyal customer at Special Occasions before the business went up for sale. It was Cheryl's husband who encouraged her to give it a try. "I've learned a lot in the few months I've been here," she admitted.
First, and foremost, Special Occasions is a floral shop. Cheryl was fortunate to inherit floral designer Connie Walkenhorst when she purchased the business. Connie has been working with flowers for nearly 20 years and her experience is evident in the creative arrangements she designs. She had her own floral shop in New Haven for 15 years before signing on at Special Occasions in 2001.
Special Occasions offers Teleflora services and containers shown in their catalogs are available for seasonal arrangements. Deliveries are made to communities surrounding Hermann free of charge. Many are to local bed and breakfasts for guests who come to Hermann to celebrate a special event.
In addition to fresh floral arrangements, Special Occasions carries live green plants and seasonal items like poinsettias and greens at Christmas and pumpkins and gourds in the fall. A complete line of gift items also is available including wind chimes, yard ornaments, bird houses, flags, plush animals, picture frames, greeting cards, gag gifts for birthdays, wedding gifts, baby gifts, and more.
Cheryl also is introducing antiques and locally made arts and crafts including satchels and handmade quilts. She has a few painted items of her own, mainly gourds that she's grown in her home garden. "I'm an artist wannabe," she admitted.
Special Occasions is the only Yankee Candle dealer in the Hermann area. Each month a featured fragrance is available at a discounted price.
The shop is conveniently located at 413 Market St. Hours are Monday through Friday 9-5 and Saturday 9-2. The shop is closed on Sunday. For information, or to place an order, call 573-485-3375.