Crestline woman realizes her flower shop dream
CRESTLINE–The idea of opening her own flower shop and greenhouse finally “blossomed” for Jessica Millenbaugh.
The Crestline native now owns The Flower Barn & Crafts, 5877 Lincoln Highway, a flower shop, greenhouse and gift shop brimming with fresh-cut flowers, plants and a range of artificial arrangements, wreaths and handmade crafts.
“I knew that was what I wanted to do in the end, open my own shop and have my own greenhouse,” said Millenbaugh, a Col. Crawford graduate who went on to earn a degree in floral design from Ohio State Agricultural. Institute at Wooster in 2018.
The Flower Barn & Crafts held its grand opening on March 28, giving new customers a taste of spring – and a greenhouse overflowing with colorful flowers, potted plants and hanging baskets, many grown by Millenbaugh herself .
“I think one of the coolest things about it is the energy. Everyone is so excited about it,” Millenbaugh said ahead of the company’s groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday afternoon. “There’s just something about flowers and spring. People are so excited.
The 20-by-30-foot barn-like building has a lean-to in the back, which houses the greenhouse. Renovating the structure was a family project, said Millenbaugh, whose father, Brian Millenbaugh, and fiancé, Mitchell Stuckert, built the counters and shelves and did the finishing work.
Millenbaugh’s passion for plants, however, began at an early age when she helped her mother, Janet Leonhardt, dig up soil for annuals. “His flowerbeds were overdone. I always liked doing that with her and my sisters too. We have a weakness for flowers.
The family also farmed and raised livestock for decades. The grain operation – Leonhardt Farms – was founded by his grandfather, Dorsey Leonhardt.
“He was so special to all of us.
He always pushed me to succeed and find something I loved to do.
As a teenager, Millenbaugh was active in 4-H and a regular at the Crawford County Fair. One of his favorite cows, Stella, inspired The Flower Barn’s black and white logo. “She taught me so many life lessons and created so many wonderful memories in my life,” Millenbaugh said.
“It may be silly to some, but for those who understand this, Stella has been a true four-legged friend, and now not only represents a loyal and humble cow, but also represents a loyal and humble flower business,” said Millenbaugh. on the store’s Facebook page.
Millenbaugh – also an artist who does custom work – sells her acrylic paintings and charcoal drawings to The Flower Barn. Sisters Amber Kovach and Lori Millenbaugh added their handmade napkins, coasters, tumblers and keychains to the gift shop shelves.
A longtime friend, Ashlyn Zerangue, specializes in the succulent and houseplant part of the operation, Millenbaugh said, while a cousin, Kristy Widman, and another friend, Cindy Jones, also took part in setting up the new business.
“It’s been such a big teamwork project to pull it all together. Everyone had their part in it,” she said. “We’re just happy to finally be able to do this, and that was my goal.”
The Flower Barn & Crafts is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.