Spring Creek Floral blooms in Gypsum
Eagle Valley Enterprise
GYPSUM, Colorado – Spring Creek Floral features a lot more than flower arrangements.
The owner, Donna Fasi, is a person of many trades and she’s designing the shop to be a cafe and conference center as well as a hub for local art and old-fashioned candy. She also sells honey harvested from the farm she owns with her husband in Sweetwater.
She’s been hard at work since she opened at 106 Oak Ridge Drive in Gypsum, next to Manto’s Pizza.
Spring Creek Floral is open from 10 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and can be reached at 524-7059. The Purple Haze Coffee Shop will open at 7:30 a.m. on those days once it’s up and running. A grand opening for the entire store is planned for Dec. 15 but that date isn’t set in stone yet.
“This all started with the honey, really,” Fasi said. “I was a florist in Avon for 17 years before I became a full-time mom. When the economy slowed down, it was time for me to find some other income and we thought, why not sell the honey from our bee hives?”
Fasi is also a business consultant and law-school student, and is pretty handy when it comes to restoring leather, too. That’s why she has what is pretty much an endless collection of old saddles, chaps, holsters spurs and other Western artifacts for sale (or just on display) as well.
On the floral end, the shop dries its own flowers using silica sand. Fasi is also planning to get a freeze-dry machine for that purpose. She said it takes about 400 roses to make a good wreath, which would retail for about $250 to $300.
In addition to all kinds of work made by local or Western artists, Fasi is creating an old-fashioned candy shop. Her display case full of chocolates is quite popular.
“People love the honey and chocolate,” she said. “We’re also going to have See’s Candies here before Christmas.”
The cafe and conference room are still under construction, but super high-speed wireless Internet is already available there.
“Some people have been coming in to work at a table on their computers – we have coffee and non-dairy creamer and tea that they’ll drink,” Fasi said. “A Swiss couple came in and were so happy to be able to Skype with their family back home. They stayed for hours.”
Fasi said the conference room being built will be an asset to the community.
“It seats 30 people and we’ll rent it out for $100 per evening,” she said. “We will also rent out the coffee shop.”