Norristown’s Oldest Florist Merges with Plaza Flowers

Undated photo of Anna in front of her store

Undated photo of Anna in front of her store

Norristown, PA – May 28, 2015 – Today marks the beginning of an exciting merge of two local florists in Norristown; Plaza Flowers on Egypt Road and Anna Catanese Flower Shop on DeKalb Street. Both shops have endured for generations, giving customers high-quality products for decades, but only Anna Catanese Flower Shop enters their hundredth year as the oldest florist in Norristown, Montgomery County. Both shops plan to bring their valuable wisdom and loyal clientele together to forge a bond that will propel them forward for generations to come.

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Chris Drummond & Heather Tuckey, Owners of Plaza Flowers

In order to understand how a business becomes ingrained so deeply into the heritage of a community, we must first investigate the origin of this proud business and the individuals who began it.

 

First florist at 321 DeKalb, only 9 feet wide!

First florist at 321 DeKalb, only 9 feet wide!

Domenic Catanese immigrated to the U.S. in 1888. Shortly thereafter, he began growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers on his eleven-acre farm on Tremont Street in Norristown. Around 1900, he opened 20th Century Florist and Seed at 321 DeKalb Street to sell his produce and seeds. Flower sales were slow at first but grew quickly, leading to the addition floral design and delivery services around 1910. In 1915, Domenic’s daughter-in-law & floral designer, Anna, purchased the store with a $3500 loan from neighboring businesswomen. She then employed three of her family to help make the Flower Shop a success. Read more

How to Choose the Right Flowers for Mother’s Day

Whether your mom is traditional, cutting-edge or free-spirited and whimsical, you can’t go wrong getting her flowers for Mother’s Day. But if you aren’t sure which flowers mom will like best, we here at Plaza Flowers devised a few ways to help you decide on the best flowers for Mother’s Day based on your mom’s personal style.


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The Farm-Direct Difference

The Farm-Direct Difference

My family has been buying and selling flowers for three generations. I have very fond memories of learning about flowers, and how to buy them, from my grandfather. He began buying flowers on Ludlow Street in Philadelphia prior to World War II. Back then, all buying was done in person. Wholesale buyers visited the market and hand selected many of the flowers. When I learned to buy as a teenager, I often hand-selected many of the flowers that we would sell at Plaza Flowers. Read more