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Todd Sweeden chose flowers over law school — and that choice took him to places law school wouldn’t have.

Sweeden has lived in Russellville his entire life and is the owner of Sweeden Florist in Russellville.

His parents opened the shop 48 years ago and after graduating from Arkansas Tech University he became more involved in the business, eventually running it.

Before choosing to get involved in the family business, Sweeden had wanted to go to law school, but ended up choosing the family business.

“I love it, I was going to go to law school but chose that instead. My dad said, ‘I had to get a job’ and I love it,” Sweeden said.

While owning and managing Sweeden Florist, Sweeden has had the privilege of working on major events and has been appointed to prestigious titles over the years.

“I’ve done two presidential inaugurations, I’ve been president of the chamber of commerce here, and I’m preparing to be the president of the American Institute of Floral Designers, which has a presence in 13 countries and every state in the union,” Sweden said.

The best part of owning the Sweeden Florist business is with the Pope County community in Sweeden, “I have a great following – I grew up here, went to school here, been involved in many lots of community activities, and I love what I do,” Sweeden said.

A fun fact about Sweeden Florist is that he’s been in the same building since the very beginning, when his parents opened the shop in 1978.

Having been in the same company for almost half a century, Sweeden said: “You have to have a passion for what you do – that’s the best way to sum it up, you have to have a passion and want to do what you are doing. To do.”

“I was looking at the law on the road and decided that wasn’t what I wanted to do,” Sweeden said. “I’ve found a place here that’s done pretty well, I’d say all over the world really now.”

Sweeden Florist arranges special events including weddings, funerals, daily deliveries, home decorating and overall can be involved with a little bit of everything. Sweeden likes to say “We’re a versatile florist” when talking about the different things they do in their business.

Sweeden Florists is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and is located at 117 North Commerce in Russellville.

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