Whiteakers open Blossom and Briar in new location

Tim and Cenah Whiteaker new owners of the Blossom and Briar Floral and Gift Shop. Gary DeVon/staff photo

OROVILLE – Tim and Cenah Whiteaker have purchased the Blossom and Briar floral and gift shop and moved it’s location to the former Emporium building north of Oroville.

“We are a complete floral store with fresh cut flowers and arrangements, stems, green plants, flowering plants, flower bulbs and silks,” said Cenah Whiteaker. “We have a variety of gifts as well as chocolate and 27 flavors of taffy, including sugar free.”

The couple also plans on opening a green house in the spring with flowers and hanging baskets. They will be offering wedding and funeral flowers as well as special order arrangements and prom flowers. Other items they will be carrying include tux rentals, balloons, everyday arrangements, baskets, vases, planters and gift baskets.

They plan a Grand Opening on Friday, Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their new location at 33436A U.S. Highway 97.

“It is just north of Oroville. We are in the gray building where the ‘Emporium’ used to be,” she adding that she has always been interested in flowers and flower arranging.

We were excited to learn that Sandra’s Blossom and Briar was for sale. I have always dreamed of having a flower store and doing floral design. It is something that I have studied and practiced since I was in high school,” she said. The opportunity to purchase Blossom and Briar came at an ideal time for us and it all came together smoothly. We are very excited to offer a variety of flowers, green plants, flowering plants, bulb gardens, etc. to the community of Oroville.

The Whiteakers plan to continue to offer and expand their floral design offerings, as well as their gift selection.

“We continue to add to our gift selection to include fun and pretty gifts to choose from. We also want to begin offering event planning services specializing in weddings, Quinceaneras, birthday parties, reunions, etc.,” she said.

The couple has lived in Oroville since 2000, but Tim Whiteaker grew up here and she says she fell in love with the Oroville area. They have two grown boys now in college.

The Blossom and Briar’s hours are Monday through Friday 9-6 and Saturday 10-4. We are closed on Sunday. The phone number for Blossom and Briar is (509) 476-3193.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are the Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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