Southern Indiana Living

MAR-APR 2014

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Cover page: An ornamental cabbage is a popular item in Nance boquets. Oppostive page: Top left: Steve Nance and his grand- daughter, Charlee Nance. Middle right: Charlee Nance in front of the refurbished wagon found in the warehouse. Bottom left: Flower arrangement designed by Brian Nance. Bottom right: Steve Nance, Carol Powers and Brian Nance in front of the mantel where the portrait of George Nance, Jr. hangs. This page: Top right: Easter Egg wreath for sale in the shop. Middle: Spring foral arrangement for sale in the shop. Bottom: Carol Powers assists with a Brian Nance foral design. Nance tips to master a beautiful fower arrangement 1. Browse the internet for ideas but then call the forist and allow them to design something similar that takes full advantage of the freshest and most beautiful fowers currently available. 2. Use room temperature or warmer water for arrangements. Change the water daily or use a fower preservative. 3. Cut the stems about one inch with a sharp knife at an angle ev- ery day or two. 4. Flowers such as mums, carnations and alstroemeria lilies, and green- ery such as Eucalyptus, Scotch broom and Ruscus are longer lasting. 5. For potted planters, consistent watering habits, good drainage and keeping them away from air drafts are extremely important. tiple hats but Steve is more focused on the business aspects while Carol enjoys acting as a bridal consultant, designing and taking care of the shop. Brian has inherited his grandfather's natural talent for design. He can visualize the design before it is made and put it together quickly which is essential for business success. He also enjoys designing for wed- dings and other parties. In addition, Carol's son, Will Mayberry, does some delivery work and her daughter Ellie Mayberry, 13, already loves to dabble in design. Other family members and friends are brought in to help on special occasions. For the Nance family, memories revolve around the fower shop. They said they can't imagine life outside of the togetherness that the family business brings. Carol remembers being a little girl when her grandfa- ther, George Sr. lived upstairs in the fower shop. She recalls him cook- ing lunch every day and bringing it down to the family on trays along with hot tea. When a wagon was rediscovered in the warehouse, Carol remembered it being in the shop while she was a little girl. She repainted it and brought back into the foyer where it wel- comes customers to the shop today. Both Carol and Steve spoke of their father, George Jr. working long hours and going back to the shop after dinner. "One way you got to spend time with your Dad was to come to work, and that was alright because it was always fun to do," Steve said. "I guess a lot of kids weren't able to do that." To make things even more fun, he said he got to stop at Frisch's with his dad for choco- late shakes after the deliveries were done. Car- ol remembers playing in the refrigerators and on the phones as a little girl when they would go to work at the shop with their dad on the weekends. She even admitted to feigning sickness in grade school so she could hang out at the shop. She always loved when her Aunt Ruth changed out the window displays and she got to help with the giant stufed bunny or the Christmas trees. What she recalls most is family closeness. "Everyone is involved in some fashion and when you are that little you think you are important even if they were really just trying to fnd something for you to do," Carol said. One of Brian's favorite memories was riding with his Dad in the Har- vest Homecoming Parade and getting to drink a Coca-Cola Classic. He also fondly recalls going with his brother, Craig Nance, to help set up parties as far away as Lexington, Ky. Brian said, "I am fortunate enough to be able to work with my Dad every day of my life and a lot of people don't ever get to see their father every single day, and I do, which is pretty amazing." Brian is carrying on the family tradition with his own daughter Charlee Nance, 3, and his newborn son, Miles Nance. Already when asked about her favorite thing to do at the shop, Charlee said she likes to visit her dad at work and to bring home pretty fowers for her mommy. • For more information, call 812-945-5225 or visit www.nanceforalshoppe. com. Nance is located at 625 E. Spring St. in New Albany. silivingmag.com • 25 MarchApril 2014.indd 25 2/23/14 8:40 PM

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