Crimson Ridge in Rockford will close its gift shop and keep its flower shop open

ROCKFORD – One of the city’s most popular destinations for clothing, jewellery, home decor and other giftware is going back to its original roots as a florist.

Crimson Ridge, 735 N. Perryville Road, announced on its Facebook page on Friday that it will begin closing the floor of its two-level store while continuing to sell flowers on the lower level of the business.

“Crimson Ridge opened in March 1995 as a flower shop,” reads Facebook. “We have continued to be your source for gifts for many years by providing the best customer service we can offer. We have enjoyed being part of your families and memories.

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The post says Crimson Ridge owner Kip Hartsfield and longtime employee Cristy Giacone have decided to semi-retire.

It’s unclear when Crimson Ridge will begin the process of closing the upper level of its store or how the space will be used going forward.

Crimson Ridge has been a go-to store for flowers, plants and other gift items for over a quarter of a century. The store expanded its brand in 2012 by adding clothing lines including special occasion dresses, outerwear, sweaters, jewelry, scarves and other merchandise.

Ken DeCoster covers business news and features. Reach him at 815-987-1391, [email protected] or @DeCosterKen.

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