Vintage Blossoms opened in July of 2019 during Taste of Flat Rock street fair. A highlight for two sisters long Journey. Through Ashlee and Alexis’s hard work their dream of having a place of their own came true. Ashlee started painting furniture when she was eighteen, selling at local pop up markets, quickly Ashlee couldn’t keep up with the demand, her sister Alexis at fifteen started to help. Their parents also pitched in to help the girls. Ashlee fondly remembers her dad towing the trailer to shows; until she learned how navigate the trailer.
When the girls found out that Darlene’s Flower Shop a downtown Flat Rock favorite was for sale, they quickly made an offer. As part of purchasing the building and business, Ashlee and Alexis wanted to keep the flower tradition, as it had been a flower shop for eighty years. Ashlee and Alexis worked for free and under Darlene’s tutelage until the purchase was complete. They also took classes and learned everything they could about the art of flower arranging. Once they had ownership they remodeled the store, brought in local vendors, they finally had a permanent location to display their custom and vintage furniture.
If you haven’t been in Vintage Blossoms, please stop by. Ashlee and Alexis are delightful. Their store is incredibly cute. They have twelve local vendors that carry, signs, candles, and gifts. The girls display their furniture, plants and flowers throughout the store. They rearrange the store every two weeks with different items. There is always something new to discover. The florist part of the business is near and dear to them, they have house plants, beautiful arrangements, a large array of beautiful flowers. Ashlee spoke about how she loves to take time with people specializing in boutiques, to make them exactly what they want, from the type, the color of flowers or maybe a sentimental item added to the arrangement.
Vintage Blossom is located at:
26249 E .Huron River Dr, Flat Rock, MI 48134
Feature story written by Shayla Viterllo-Hopper, Flat Rock Our Hometown
GLC Landscaping has been creating landscapes for over 18 years in the downriver community & are happy to have placed our roots here in Flat Rock. Their family-owned business has been rooted in the Downriver Community. They started GLC Landscaping so they could help their customers enjoy their best version of nature. GLC knows that a beautiful landscape adds enjoyment and value to homes and commercial properties, they fully understand that while many homeowners and commercial property owners share this sentiment, they rarely have the time or expertise to design, install, or maintain a landscape on their own.
GLC comprehensive services include landscape design and installation, hardscape installation, lawn/landscape maintenance, and snow plowing. They do it all, so you don’t have to!
GLC Landscaping is located at:
28309 Arsenal Road Flat Rock, MI
Kate’s Kitchen is one of Flat Rock Hometown Businesses. Kate’s started their business in the basement of their home. Their current location was a former sandwich shop serving customers of the Ford Lamp Plant, now Flat Rock Metal.
Word of Catherine Gillespie’s pies traveled fast.
Catherine and her husband Aaron opened Kates Kitchen at 26558 West Huron River Road in 1978. Today the business has been passed down to their granddaughter also named Catherine. The Gillespie family has been involved in the Flat Rock community for generations.
When COVID hit it had a negative impact on Kates Kitchen as it has to all restaurants. They have been doing carry out business from their menu including pies to help pay the bills. Catherine said that she will do everything in her power to keep their family business going. They are currently open for indoor dining following the governors orders. Kates are is open for breakfast and brunch currently Thursday through Sunday and of course they are open to pick up your favorite pie.
Kate’s current Hours are 7am to 2pm Thursday through Sunday and they may be reached at 734-782-3909.