NEWPORT — Newport Florist and Gifts is in a new home, opening in mid-September after making the move to 1738 N Coast Highway. It’s actually a location that has a flowery history, having housed Barbara’s Blossom Shop for many years before the building changed uses.
Shop owner Tarrah Richardson said the move to the former florist shop “is really fun because a lot of people are excited about that aspect of it, which I think is neat.”
Richardson said she had eyed that location several years ago.
“I’ve always been interested in this location. Before my husband and I moved to the area, we kind of came on a tour of the Oregon coast. And when we came to Newport, this spot was available — that was like 2013. I looked at this space but the rent was pretty high.”
Instead of opening her own florist shop at that time, she and Ryan decided to open CrossFit Newport at 710 NE Third St., and Tarrah went to work for the former owner of Newport Florist and Gifts, Carla Williams.
“I’ve been a florist for 26 years. Carla Williams hired me, and by December 2014, I knew she wanted to sell. We bought it in March 2015,” she said.
Tarrah and Ryan own and operate both businesses, and for the last five years, she has been running the florist shop at its previous location at Newport’s Bay Bridge Mall. Although she liked that space, it was somewhat hidden from view, so she began checking out other spots. She and Ryan looked at more than a half dozen locations and ultimately had the opportunity to move to the spot they had looked at years before. They spent almost two weeks doing interior work, painting every single surface, pouring self-leveling concrete on the floors, and installing a new front door and garage door. “We’re going to put new fencing in back. It’s still in process,” she said.
“This building is great. And one of the things I really love about this space is I love to do classes, and it just has a lot more room. And it has the space for the walk-in cooler.”
Richardson said, “The whole thing I would like to convey … is Newport Florist is artistry with flowers. It’s about the art form of floral design. That’s what really separates us from the things you can get at the grocery store or whatnot.”
She also tries to support the local community through her business. “I love to buy local flowers, greens,” Richardson said. “We can buy from people who are growing those things in their yards or their property because then those flowers are super fresh, and it’s sort of helping them.”
In addition to floral arrangements, Newport Florist has a good selection of plants, “plants in nicer containers, and some plants that you can’t get elsewhere,” Richardson said.
As far as the gift portion of the business, “in my 26 years as a florist, most of my bosses have carried a gift shop plus a florist,” Richardson said, “but there’s a lot of great gift shops in Newport, so my gifts are kind of limited to what I can sell with flowers. I carry some bath and beauty products, some gourmet coffee and chocolates, balloons.”
Newport Florist can deliver anywhere in Lincoln County for an additional charge, and people can order flowers directly through the website — NewportFloral.com. “I love my website because it’s all pictures of things we’ve made here and photographed and then uploaded to our website,” she said.
Richardson also enjoys the opportunity to offer classes to people in the community. Recently, a group of people gathered to create Halloween centerpieces. “Thanksgiving centerpieces is one (class) we have coming up, and a Christmas wreath class is coming up,” she said,
“whatever is in season. I was thinking after the New Year we would do a succulent class, where people would put together a little succulent in a wood box or a vase or something like that. It’s just kind of a fun experience to come over here, have a glass of wine, make something pretty and take it home. And learn some things, too, like the tricks of floral design.”
She also offers some multi-session classes. “Right now we’re in the middle of a 10-week floral design class, kind of like the fundamentals of floral design. This next year, I’m going to have one kind of like that about weddings.”
People can learn about classes on Newport Florist’s Facebook and Instagram pages, and they can also get on an email list by calling the shop at 541-265-8262 or emailing [email protected]
Richarson said she also has plans for the future. “One of the things I really want to do is set up one of my tables to be a DIY (do it yourself) station. Somebody could come in and say, ‘Oh, it’s my sister’s birthday tomorrow,’ and I’ll facilitate you making an arrangement for your sister. I’ve never seen it before, but I think it would be really cool.
“We have this nice big space on the side of the building,” she added, “so Ryan wants to build a big covered patio out there and sell some outdoor plants. We’d like to have some nursery things out there. I’d also like to eventually offer things like coffee and tea, maybe scones or something.”
Newport Florist and Gifts is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. They are closed on Sunday.