Sheila Thompson looked at several locations after she decided to move her business, Lacy’s Petals and Gifts, from rural Clayton into Morenci.
She finally settled on a large building—the former Wes’s Floor Covering on Main Street—but she aims to eventually fill every inch.
The front part of the store serves mainly as the flower and gift shop where Thompson stocks fresh and silk flowers, along with various gifts, many from the TeleFlora line.
There’s also a selection of Kay Berry stones—actual rock with custom engraving for use in garden, gravesites and even in floral arrangements. Stone benches are also available.
Thompson carries a variety of supplies for special events, from helium balloons to rental items such as punch bowls, candelabra, chocolate fountains and arches.
“If I don’t have it, I can order it,” she said.
Toward the rear of the store the other part of Thompson’s business becomes apparent. She’s received training as a wedding consultant and that’s a service she’s provided in the past.
The store carries both new and used gowns for brides and bridesmaids, plus used prom dresses sold on consignment. There are dye-able shoes, tuxedo rental by AmeriTux and jewelry by Tiffany.
Thompson also carries items from Playful Delights such as candles, lotions and lingerie—suitable for a bridal party.
Thompson has assistance from her sister, Kathy Knoblauch.
She expects her store sign to be erected this week.
The store can be reached by calling 458-6309.