A florist with century-old roots

No request is impossible for Blossom Flower Shops, a family-owned business with roots going back nearly a century, threading four generations. 

“We have a motto that we’re your ‘Yes-we-can florist,’ says Kathie Murphy, who has been the general manager for 35 years. “We say, ‘No,’ rarely, and if it’s a, ‘No,’ there’s always another option.”

The Kegan family opened the first Blossom Flower Shop in 1925 in the Fordham area of the Bronx, following it with additional Bronx locations. At just 21 years old and newly married, Kevin Kegan, the shops’ fourth-generation florist, took over the business. Kegan has since closed its Bronx stores and planted its central distribution facility in Yonkers with an additional storefront in White Plains, serving individual and corporate clients nationwide.

From the upcoming Valentine’s Day to birthdays, get-well and sympathy occasions to  anniversaries and “just because” moments, Blossom Flower Shops serve them all with stunning arrangements, bouquets, baskets and vases.

“The busiest day is Valentine’s Day. Christmas is the busiest month. Mother’s Day is the busiest week,” says Murphy. “Valentine’s Day we do mostly roses, as well as other mixed arrangements that include hydrangeas, lilies, roses and tulips. Mother’s Day is just about the beautiful, mixed arrangements — anything colorful and large is popular; for Christmas, the centerpieces. Some people like the classic red and green, some like burgundy and the maroons.”

There are also custom designs and specialty requests available for all occasions.

In addition to bountiful bouquets, Blossom Flower Shops offer clients the opportunity to save money and give back with each purchase.

Petal Points is a system providing customers with one point per dollar spent, which can be redeemed toward the purchase or a gift card, available on the website. At checkout, customers can use the Growing Together program to donate to a participating church, school or nonprofit in Westchester County, including: Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Family Services of Westchester, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, March of Dimes and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

But customer service has always remained the heart of Blossom’s business.

“Customer service is our number one priority,” Murphy says. “(Our team) really cares about the business and the flowers and put their hearts and souls into it. We’re really customer-oriented and everyone takes that seriously.”

Blossom Flower Shops are at 980 McLean Ave. in Yonkers and 275 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains. For more, visit blossomflower.com.

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