One of the region’s oldest florists celebrates 100 years in business this month.
“When I bought this place, an accountant told me I couldn’t make it,” Mickey Doyle said.
Despite this accountant’s negative outlook, Springdale Florist and Greenhouses on the Stamford-Darien border continue to flourish generation after generation.
“We looked at each other and were like, ‘Fuck, it’s 100 years this year,'” Tom Doyle said.
This story is on display with old photos and even the original sign.
“Springdale Florist was started in 1922 by Alex Cant Sr. My family became involved with Springdale Florist in 1932 when my grandfather came to work here for the Cant family,” said Mickey Doyle.
Mickey Doyle was raised by his grandfather and soon joined him. Mickey Doyle then bought the shop from Cant’s son in 1973.
“I’ll be 83 in July, so that makes me 82. I only work 7 days a week now. I don’t get over that,” Mickey Doyle joked.
Mickey Doyle is still there every morning at 6:30 a.m. and says he has a passion for it. He is helped by his family, especially his son.
“I remember making the decision around the age of 22 that this was what I was going to do for the rest of my life,” said Tom Doyle.
Forty years later, Mickey’s son, Tom Doyle, is still around – he believes the business has adapted with online sales while still maintaining that old-fashioned mindset of knowing and caring. of its customers.
“I think when they walk through the door, they have a different experience than when they go somewhere else, than the big box stores, you know? You get help, you get a smile,” Tom said. Doyle. “It makes a big difference.”
A corner of the store is dedicated to service members with local ties, like Brian Bill who died in Afghanistan and served in Springdale.
Mickey Doyle has also received dozens of awards for all his charity work and that of his shop.
“Our philosophy is that you want to be part of the community so badly that they really miss you when you’re gone,” said Tom Doyle.
Mickey Doyle says he has no intention of retiring. He says his grandfather worked for him in Springdale until he was 89.