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A new flower shop has opened in Glendale, and owners Yovanty Benitez and Heidy Suarez received a warm welcome from the community last week.
Florist A&M Glendale, located at 68-45 Myrtle Ave., hosted a grand opening on October 26, co-hosted by New York State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., Congresswoman Jenifer Rajkumar and the community lawyer Connie Altamirano.
âIn these difficult economic times, in part due to the [COVID-19] pandemic, it’s always great to be part of a grand opening for a local business, âsaid Senator Addabbo. “It means positive change and optimism for a fresh start.”
Benitez and Suarez, who are married with two daughters, now own three stores together in the Queens area. The first store opened in Astoria, Queens 15 years ago, and since then their business has spread throughout the borough.
âI work with the entire community here in Ridgewood, Glendale, and Middle Village, doing all types of flower design services for all locations,â Benitez told QNS. âSo since we were doing a lot of work in the area, I decided to open a new location to provide better service to my clients. “
Originally from El Salvador, Benitez was 17 when he arrived in New York. Now 39, he currently resides in Queens Village, running his businesses with his family and employees, all of whom attend the ceremony which he described as “a very nice experience”.
He is proud of his small staff and his family’s role in the business.
“It’s a really great experience,” said Benitez. âEverything is going well so far. “
Addabbo was delighted to welcome the family shop, as evidenced by the welcoming ceremony where he had only kind words to support the new business.
âLocal businesses are the backbone of our economy, providing local jobs,â Addabbo said. âI am grateful and proud to be a part of opening A&M Florist, to celebrate the start of what we all hope will be a successful business. I wish the new owners every success in this endeavor and welcome them to the Glendale community.
The store serves Glendale, Maspeth, Ridgewood, Rego Park, Middle Village, Forest Hills, Elmhurst and Woodhaven.
For more information on their services, visit glendaleflorist.net.