NEW ULM - A new, full-service floral shop with fresh flowers, accessories, gifts and coffee will open Friday, June 29 in a building that formerly housed the Budget Mart gas station and convenience store at the corner of Broadway and 1st Street South.
Rural Sleepy Eye native Heather Hacker Hammer is opening A2 Zinnia in a high traffic location.
She has 15 years experience in the floral business, and it is a labor of love that has been ongoing throughout her life.
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
A2Zinnia owner Heather Hacker Hammer stands in front of her new store that will open Friday, June 29 in the former Budget Market location at 1st South and Broadway. In addition to floral services, the store will carry indoor plants, coffee and gifts.
She grew up in a family tree farm business northwest of Sleepy Eye. She earned degrees in horticulture and business economics at South Dakota State University before moving to Minneapolis and starting her own floral business.
Several years later, she decided to move back to Sleepy Eye to help run the family business after her father was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.
She added an online floral business that specialized in weddings and included customized services like setup and delivery to the church of wherever the wedding and reception takes place in Southern Minnesota or the Twin Cities.
Among the offerings for weddings were glassware and candle centerpieces.
Hammer said a multitude of flower varieties are available for weddings and other events such as birthdays, anniversaries, get well deliveries and other occasions.
"I formerly sold only wedding flowers. Now I'll have indoor plants, coffee and gifts for any occasion," she said.
Hacker's greenhouse, which is currently next door to A2Zinnia, features, perennials, annuals, outdoor plants and vegetable seedlings for gardens.
For more information, visit www.a2zinnia.com or call 359-9900.
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