When Chris and Gary David were looking for a small business to buy, finding one they could grow was essential. The new owners of longtime Modesto flower shop Oopsa Daisy Florist think they've found that and more. They recently bought the business at 1230 H St. from Fred Stellato, who opened it in 1986. Stellato was considering retirement, but the Davids persuaded the floral designing whiz to stay on for a while to help train the staff. The Davids don't have any experience in this business, so Stellato also is working with them to ensure the shop he started continues to flourish.
The husband and wife team has added some new wrinkles, including some interior remodeling that allowed them to add a small wedding chapel inside the shop. With seating for 15 to 20, the chapel is for those who want an intimate ceremony. Wedding packages cover the cost of the minister, flowers and chapel. For those who want something more elaborate, Oopsa Daisy can deliver limo service, flowers, music, photography and more to larger venues. The shop even gives referrals to caterers and other wedding-related businesses, a full bouquet of services. Photographer Larry Morse will work out of the downtown shop as well.
Besides the new chapel and wedding services, Oopsa Daisy will continue to provide floral arrangements for anniversaries, birthdays, funerals, special events and those "just because" moments, such as, "Oops, I forgot our anniversary." The shop carries a large assortment of fresh cut flowers, silk and live plants, balloon bouquets, cards and gifts, including wine and fresh cookie baskets. And special orders are a specialty. Oopsa Daisy delivers as far south as Merced and as far north as Stockton.
By the way, Marilyn, the shop's resident parrot, is still around. But the exotic noises she makes may not be a good fit with chapel services. So, she may eventually join Stellato, her owner, in retirement. But they'll leave behind a business with deep roots in the community, one the Davids are confident they can make even stronger by tending it carefully. For more information, call 523-1839.
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