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Deep in the heart of old Noblesville, Adrienes Flowers & Gifts has delighted customers for years with its unique spin on flower arrangements. Owners Stephen and Moffett Craig strive to offer floral products that personally touch their recipients. Truly a family business, it was owned for more than a decade by Moffett’s parents and brother before being purchased by the Craigs more than 30 years ago.
Stephen previously had a career raising livestock and Moffett, who is currently a part-time instructor at IUPUI, was teaching when her parents Stanley and Jessie Robinson ran the flower shop with her brother Doug. During the 12 years that the Robinsons owned the business, the Craigs often helped out. After gradually learning and absorbing information about the floral shop, the Craigs purchased the store in 1989.
“We are just getting started,” Stephen Craig says. “As for the name, Jessie wanted something that would come early in the phone book or be at the front of a listing, so she decided on Adrienes Flowers & Gifts.”
Throughout the years, the Craigs and their long-time staff have worked to develop a unique approach to the flower business. Each year they attend classes to learn about current designs and trends. They offer a “Deal of the Day” arrangement as a way to expose people to uncommon flowers. During high school prom time, the shop produces more than one hundred corsages at a time, and each one is different.
“We love to find something that is close to someone’s heart and work from there,” Craig says. “We once used a trophy fish in a funeral spray, and it looked like it was swimming through water vegetation. We’ve made a blanket out of flowers to put on a racehorse, as well as an arrangement completely out of Minnesota Viking colors. The biggest change over the years is the availability of all kinds of flowers. We are able to get them very fresh from a wholesaler in Indianapolis.”
Customers can get an online look inside the shop every Tuesday when Craig hosts a Facebook Live event. Topics have included how to care for outdoor plants, as well as good-humored demonstrations on how to make your own flower arrangements at home. Any of the items inside the shop such as wind chimes, angel figurines and even quilts can be incorporated into an arrangement.
“These days people seem to order flowers at the last minute,” Craig says. “Most of the time we can deliver them in the same day. We deliver all day locally and make runs into Indianapolis two times a day. Sometimes words don’t say enough – flowers can do a lot of talking.”
Adrienes Flowers & Gifts is located at 1249 East Conner Street in Noblesville. For more info, call 317-773-6065 and visit AdrienesFlowers.com.