A stroll through Keswick Village in Glenside, PA is reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting. To this day, that part of suburban Philadelphia retains the warm and comfortable essence of small town America. Overlooking the roundabout at the intersection of Wharton Road and Keswick Avenue, stands Penny’s Flowers, which looks much like it did seventy years ago. Named after the founder, Vince “Penny” Pannepacker, this popular florist has always been family-owned. Now that the second generation is retiring, the decision was made to join Plaza Flowers, headquartered in Norristown with Glenside roots. “Granddad started with a small greenhouse on Easton Road and enjoyed his friendship with Penny. The Pannepackers are like extended family and the opportunity to continue Penny’s legacy is a dream come true,” explained Chris Drummond of Plaza Flowers.
Customers have described this as the “perfect match.” The Pannepackers and Drummonds have been friendly competitors for decades and have often remarked about the amazing degree of similarity among their stores, from the freshness of the flowers to the design style to the express delivery service. The natural succession plan for the retiring Pannepackers was to ask the Drummonds to purchase the Glenside landmark and continue the eighty year tradition of Penny’s Flowers. The entire team at Penny’s will remain in place, so shoppers will continue relationships with the current designers and delivery personnel. The increased purchasing power of the combined companies will bring even fresher farm-direct flowers at amazing prices. The larger delivery fleet means faster deliveries and a wider range. The tradition of top quality and value continues. Read more