Rebecca Wiswell’s earliest memories are of playing in her mother’s flower beds, and 11 years ago she brought those memories into the present. That’s when she opened Rebecca’s Flower Shoppe at 1003 Harris Ave. in Fairhaven.
“Flowers are what I have always loved to be around,” Wiswell said. “They are nice people, as I always say.”
On May 1, Wiswell will celebrate the 11th anniversary of her business, which she said has continued to blossom through the years thanks to the support of her customers who she has seen through hard times, such as funerals and illness, and celebrations including marriages and births.
“There’s a lot of emotion attached to the giving or the receiving of flowers,” Wiswell said. “You kind of get into the more vulnerable parts of their lives. It’s an honor to be a part of their lives in that way.”
Getting to be a part of people’s lives is in part why Wiswell chose to set up shop in Fairhaven ― it’s a great little community inside a bigger community, she said. There is also a high level of support there for local businesses, and many of those businesses are supportive of efforts to make commerce more environmentally friendly, she said, which has been a priority for Wiswell since she first opened.
Wiswell personally composts all materials from the shop into garden mulch, reuses or recycles all cardboard, paper, and plastic, and dries cut flowers to embellish her wreaths, including bird-edible wreaths. She also gets products from as close to home as possible and invested in a new floral cooler, which led to a 25 percent reduction in power usage.
Wiswell has carried her regard for the environment with her over the past 11 years; she has also continued to appreciate where she is and the job she does.
“ I have seen a lot of changes happen in Fairhaven, but still love being there,” Wiswell said, “and I still love what I do.”
For more information, visit www.rebeccasflowershoppe.com or call (360) 715-3066.