The Smith Mountain Lake community has a new local florist in town, as Antonina’s Floral Design opened at Westlake Towne Center in late January.
Antonina’s Floral Design offers a wide range of fresh flowers, all arranged in-house by Antonina Cretu (hereafter referred to as “Antonina”), a leading European floral designer with over 20 years experience in the floral design industry.
Antonina’s specialties include a flair for creating unique, custom floral designs that blend vibrant colors and texture combinations for all occasions. From a simple thank you bouquet to all types of occasions including funerals, weddings or corporate events, Antonina’s Floral Design does it all, using fresh cut flowers and foliage. Antonina and her team design custom arrangements that best match each individual’s personal style, aesthetic appeal, and desired financial investment.
“Antonina is my wife’s name and we named the shop after her. We recently moved to the area — we live in Hardy. We recently moved here after 25 years in New Jersey. At the regional level, we come from Romania. The reason we moved here was because we were looking for a peaceful place, and God found it for us,” said Cornel Cretu (hereafter referred to as “Cornel”), Antonina’s husband and co-owner. “My wife, she has been a florist for over 21 years now. She worked full time for a flower shop in central Jersey. The business had the same name – most were weddings and other types of events. Since we moved here, obviously she wanted to continue her passion, and I support her passion. We are a family owned and operated business.
Visitors to the store at 75 Westlake Road in Hardy, as well as those searching online at antoninasfloraldesign.com, will see that Antonina’s Floral Design offers flowers and arrangements for all types of life events, from the welcoming a newborn into the world to assist with a funeral. Everything is fresh, and Antonina’s Floral Design also offers plants and planters in addition to flowers. Antonina’s Floral Design offers flowers for corporate events, as well as corsages and boutonnieres, fruit baskets, gift baskets, roses, tropical plants and many other types of items. They can accommodate birthdays, anniversaries, get well wishes, congratulatory wishes, romantic flowers for events such as Valentine’s Day and other occasions.
“We do everything in-house, from newborns to all sorts of life events. Weddings, graduations and funerals,” Cornel explained. “We sell all fresh flowers and a variety of plants and planters. We do everything in-house. You can bring your own planter and we will plant it for you. We are happy to be here and surrounded by great people, great residents. This region, we like it very much, until now.
The Cretus have found a happy home in Hardy and are excited to bring their years of expertise in the floral industry to the Westlake area.
“We chose the location in Westlake because it is a peaceful and beautiful area. We are just happy to be part of this community. Not just to do business here, because it’s our hometown, but also to give back to the community. To give back to the county we live in and fully participate in all that is happening in our area and with our community,” said Cornel.
Antonina’s Floral Design staff have been thrilled with how the local community has embraced the new business since it opened, and they are excited to be part of the neighborhood. They are grateful to God for bringing them to the area, and they look forward to helping residents with their floral needs for many years to come.
“Everyone hugged us. We are amazed, everyone, because everyone is showing us their love,” he said. “Because everyone is happy that we exist, and they’re happy to have a flower shop in their town, where they can just call and place an order, or go online and place an order, or just walk in and take fresh flowers for their loved ones.”
“All credit to God,” Cornel continued. “We are Christians. We fully trust God. We are disciples of Jesus. We had no idea what lake (Smith Mountain Lake) exists, or these mountains, until about a year ago when we decided to move here. It was not in our plan. We had never visited or vacationed here. But God led us here. And though we had different choices where to open a business, God said you asked for peace, and I brought you to peace. He told us that Westlake is the quiet neighborhood we requested. So we listened to him. We were just looking to have a nice business in a nice location with an amazing landlord where we rent the space. We are surrounded by great people in this field.
Antonina’s Floral Design is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The company is closed on Sundays. For more information about Antonina’s Floral Design, visit antoninasfloraldesign.com or call 540-565-0255.
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