MARY MEAUX – Saying goodbye to Sylvia’s florist and gifts after over 60 years – Port Arthur News

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After more than six decades in business, Sylvia’s Florist & Gifts in Groves goes bankrupt.

The store, located at 4322 Lincoln Ave., will close for the last time on December 24.

The original owner passed away many years ago and subsequent owners, including Nina Crutchfield and later current owner Brad Jones who followed, have retained the company name.

Jones, who owns Sylvia’s and a number of flower shops, including one in Baytown, said the decision to close the doors was difficult, adding that the pandemic was part of it.

The store has older people working there and he and them are worried about their health from COVID. He also struggles to find people from the younger generation who want to train for the job.

Jones hates closing the store, but he can’t find employees. In addition, there is the older generation who can look to retirement instead of working in the public service.

Ronnie Boneau, executive director of the Groves Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Center, said Sylvia’s was one of the town’s oldest businesses. And he knew a lot of people who worked there over the years.

He said it was sad the store was closing.

The Lincoln Avenue area where the florist is located was once the heart of the city with its shops and businesses. Bruce’s Market Basket precursor was a few doors down from Sylvia’s in what is now Agape Christian Fellowship, he noted.

Just down the street from Sylvia is Lincoln Place, which is home to several businesses. The approximately 6,000 square foot building once housed Groves Plumbing.

Sylvia’s is currently decked out for the holidays and store windows feature colorful scenes. Signs on the door and window announce “the closure of the business”.

There is a 50 percent discount on everything except plants and arrangements. Other items such as Christmas decorations, crosses, angels, elves, western items, country items, and lead crystal items are on promotion.

Jones said he plans to keep the building after the store closes, adding that he could return at a later date.

Mary Meaux is a reporter for the Port Arthur News. She can be reached at [email protected]


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