By Halley Harrell
A flower shop in Temple opened a new location in September.
Woods Flowers, owned and operated by floral veteran Carol Hajda, is located at 1514 Ave H across the street from the Scott & White Santa Fe Family Medicine Clinic.
The floral company has served the Central Texas area for three generations and is a featured Telaflora florist on The Knot.
The new shop provides ample space for storing and arranging orders, as well as displaying merchandise.
“We really enjoy this location. It’s probably double or triple the size of the other one,” employee Alice Bowen said.
After moving into the site over Labor Day weekend, the shop opened for business at the beginning of September. Business has blossomed ever since.
“We’re closer to 31st Street, so we have a lot of walk-in traffic,” Bowen said. “That’s a good thing.”
Woods provides orders for occasions ranging from weddings to funerals to get-well-soon deliveries at local hospitals.
Inside, the store displays arrangements along with home decor, jewelry, specialty foods, lotions and more.
“We have everything from crosses to bath products to candles to candy, football mums, everything,” Bowen said. “We’ve got it all.”
The shop also features school spirit items. The new location opened just in time to supply mums for this year’s homecoming season. Students can walk into the store to view the basic mums on display. The teens can then fill out an order sheet for a more personal touch, and the Woods florists will create a customized mum based on each commission.
Frank Hajda is husband to Carol and manager and co-owner of the store. He has spent 34 years in the floral business. After working in the couple’s two other locations, he appreciates the spaciousness the Ave H store has to offer.
While Woods boasts a consultation room, a refrigerator for incoming deliveries and a storage room for miscellaneous supplies, Hajda’s pride and joy is the spacious holding fridge for finished and outgoing arrangements.
“You need to come here February 12; it’s all roses,” he said. “This whole room will be nothing but shelves. We’ll have everything in here all ready to go.”
The website lists suggestions for holidays and other special occasions that call for a fresh bouquet, as well as price ranges and seasonal items.
For more information, contact the store at (254) 778-8506.