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MARKING A MILESTONE – Susan Freshour, owner of Wilkin Flowers & Gifts, celebrated the Wellsburg company’s 70th anniversary with a company on Sept. 29 after hours hosted by the Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Freshour and Puskarich Accounting. Along with Freshour, center, who has been with the company since 1979, are staff members Marilyn Taylor, left, and Brenda Taylor. She is also assisted at the boutique by Erin Lizon. –Warren Scott

WELLSBURG — With the help of a longtime friend and many others, Susan Freshour celebrated the 70th anniversary of the flower shop where she has worked for 43 years.

She and her staff at Wilkin Flowers and Gifts teamed up with Debbie Puskarich of Puskarich Accounting and the Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce for an after-hours venture on September 29 marking the milestone.

Freshour said she was thrilled to see business owners, community leaders and residents of Wellsburg, Follansbee and beyond show up for this special occasion.

She has owned the business since 1996, having started as a part-time employee in 1979 under the late former owner, Elmer Vincent.

Vincent had also started out as a part-time employee at the flower shop, which opened in 1952.

In 2015, Freshour moved the business from Wellsburg Town Square to its current location just down the street at 724 Charles St.

She said the new site has been a major boon as it provides much-needed space for the shop’s wide assortment of live and silk floral arrangements for many occasions, from weddings to funerals, as well as a variety of unique gift items.

The latter includes decorative throws, ceramic angels and other figurines, plaques with inspirational messages, and vases with sports and other themes.

Freshour noted that those looking to spruce up their garden will also find garden lanterns, garden statues and other decorative pieces.

Freshour said the opportunity to exercise her creative skills is one of the reasons she has enjoyed working at the boutique for many years.

Prior to coming to Wilkin, she had created window displays and advertisements for Denmark’s former department store in Steubenville, Joseph Horne in Pittsburgh; and the Beaver Valley Mall.

A Wellsburg resident since 1999, Freshour said she also enjoys living in the city, including the opportunity to go fishing along the Ohio River. It’s not something she’s often able to do, but when she does it’s very relaxing, she says.

She’s been helped at the store by many people over the years, but her current right hands are Marilyn Taylor and Brenda Taylor.

A cat named Annie offers the three company at the store after being welcomed by Freshour, an animal lover who also has a dog and a cat at home.

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