Members of the Mt. Juliet community are celebrating this New Year with news longtime local business Moss' Florist will continue operations.
The iconic local florist sold its original place to Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary in 2016, but Moss' has since relocated and is still in business in North Mt. Juliet.
Brenda Moss, who presided over the original business with husband Hale Moss said they've opened a new location at 3690 North Mt. Juliet Road.
"We are going to carry on!" she said Monday.
She said their son Joe and his wife Lauren were adamant about continuing the family business.
"Joe grew up in the business," she said."He's really excited to keep it going. They are going to be young and fresh."
They are located next to Billy Goat Cafe and still "have a lot of space."
"They are going to do full-time flower arrangements, wedding events, fruit baskets and more," Brenda said.
However, vegetables and flowers aren't likely to be sold. It's
a downsize, but maintains focus on what's important to keep the generational business intact and flourishing.
"I think this is wonderful," Brenda said. "Phil Chandler is going to be our full-time manager. We have most of our former employees and award-winning designers."
Brenda said when news circulated about their closing such an iconic business their customers "kept coming and were so worried."
Hale Moss' regular day is Wednesday, when he'll oversee the day's business.
Moss' is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. all week and are ready to get busy at their new location.
Also, Brenda said she's going to take advantage of some off time and plans to take a trip to Reelfoot Lake and Willington, S.C. As far as Hale, he's happy to "relax and look out at the cows!"
Both say they are thrilled the family tradition continue, and that business is still alive and well.
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