Jacob Gehling is pleased to have reopened Spring Valley Greenhouse & Floral in time for Valentine's Day.
GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Jacob Gehling is pleased to have reopened Spring Valley Greenhouse & Floral in time for Valentine's Day. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
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The Spring Valley business closed for the month of December, “because we weren’t sure what was going to happen with the business…business-wise, it needed to be closed,” stated Spring Valley Greenhouse & Floral proprietor Jacob Gehling.

However, on Jan. 8 Gehling decided to reopen, sharing that he will be keeping the lights on and the flowers blooming inside Spring Valley’s longtime florist’s shop and greenhouse, even though the establishment is still for sale.

Grand Meadow native Gehling’s family bought the greenhouse 15 years ago, adding landscaping to the floral and nursery business. 

“I love what I do, and I decided I missed it, so I reopened on Jan. 8…my husband, Ross, talked me into reopening — he’s here with me sometimes as well,” said Gehling. “We’re getting ready for Valentine’s Day right now and getting ready for spring.  I’m looking forward to moving some things around here, reorganizing and changing the shop around a bit.  I’m also looking forward to business on Valentine’s Day, a new season and new products.” 

The florist’s shop offers all the blooms one could imagine, giftware and even a selection of fairy garden -- or miniature — animals and furniture and the pots in which to plant them to ward off the winter blues, until spring arrives and it’s time to start landscaping again. 

“We’re still doing all the garden vegetables, the flowers, the annuals and stuff,” said Gehling.  “People are very excited to have us back open — the community is responding very well and glad to see us back.”

Although the business will remain on the market, long term, the greenhouse and florist’s shop will remain open as long as Gehling is able to keep it open.  He is planning on “staying open indefinitely, and if we sell, obviously, I’m hoping that it will stay a floral and greenhouse because the community really needs this shop.”

Spring Valley Greenhouse & Floral is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The business has kept its former phone number of 507-346-7440.