A FAMILY-run florist has celebrated 40 years of selling flowers and producing floral displays for their customers.
Mansi Florists in Pinner Green, Pinner, has existed in the village under one name or the other since 1973 when it was started by Edwin and Beryl Mansi and now son Nicholas, 51, manages the business.
He said: “I feel it was one of those ‘One day, all of this will be yours’ moments - and now it is.
“My mum still works with me. She’s 77 and she’s still very enthusiastic about flowers.
“Trade is still very good. The recession doesn’t help and the supermarkets are having a big effect but we try to focus on quality produce and bespoke items.
“A lot of customers phone us for designs and bouquets for anniversies and birthdays, and we do a lot of funeral work and quite a few weddings.”
The Mansis started as The Bell Florists in an off-licence attached to The Bell pub at the corner of Pinner Green, which has since been demolished and replaced with flats.
The late Mr Mansi later bought up and moved the business in the neighbouring bakery, renaming the shop Mansi Florist, and opened a garden centre.
In around 1983 he purchased the whole parade, where the couple ran the Post Office, a china shop and a wool shop alongside their florist and garden centre, and went on to own a garden centre in South Ruislip and another in Surrey. Unfortunately, the garden centre in Pinner had to close in 2003.
Mr Mansi, of Saratt, Hertfordshire, said: “I started off as a Saturday boy filling up the vases with water when I was 10 and my sister used to work as a florist as well.
“This weekend my youngest son will be working here on Saturday and Sunday so there will be three generations.”
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