This is a continuing weekly series that highlights members of the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce. You can see last week’s member story by clicking here.
This interview was conducted with Rhonda Bennett who owns Simply Elegant Flowers Etc.
Rhonda Bennett, owner Simply Elegant Flowers Etc.
How long have you been in business?
We have been open since May of 2008.
Why did you choose Anadarko?
Our business originally started out in the entryway of our home with a sign in the yard! Eventually, we outgrew the home and moved into Petree Plaza where Warrior Nutrition is currently and outgrew that location after two years. We ended up purchasing the location we are at now which was a Carl’s Jr. and renovated it “we had to get rid of the hamburger and french fry smell!”
In your words describe your business:
We offer fresh flowers, plants, and gifts for our customers. We also offer free delivery in Anadarko.
Any recent updates at your business?
In the last 18 months, we added Merle Norman cosmetics and a lot of people may not know it is here. You can also shop at our store online 24/7, just go to www.anadarkoflowers.com and you can submit your order.
What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?
Making sure we provide quality services that encourage the community to shop locally.
What is the most rewarding part about your job?
To see our customers day-to-day and who have become our friends. Due to the nature of our business, what they experience we experience right along with them. Whether it is a happy occasion or loss of a loved one we are here for them.
If you had a magic wand to fix anything in your business or the city what would you do?
That the community would fall in love with the thought of supporting and growing our community and not let it fail.
What has been the best day of running your business?
Being able to fill our customer’s needs is a great feeling. It is heartwarming to be able to take their thoughts and create floral arrangements that bring their vision to life.
Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?
I am excited to be a member to encourage growth and making sure business owners work together to support each other.
Anything you would like to share with our audience?
We are so grateful to our community for supporting our business over the years. We look forward to serving our community in the future. Our summer hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. for June and July. We are located at 804 W. Petree Rd, Anadarko, OK 73005. Call 405-247-3863 for more information.