Day – Taking care of business: bringing smiles to one flower arrangement at a time

McKenna’s Florist, at 520 Boswell Ave. in Norwich, has been in business since 1942. Formerly owned by Jack McKenna, the shop is now run by Michael Rankowitz. and he has been with the company since 1996.

Although Rankowitz has a history degree from the University of Connecticut, he found that working in retail became his forte. He is the supervisor of nine employees who work collectively to create a popular and successful company.

McKenna’s Florist is a company that receives plants and flowers from all over the world. Merchandise arrives from Israel, Australia, Holland, and South America, and each week they alone feature five different colors of roses.

The orchids sold at the florist are imported from Thailand. Gladioli and dahlias come from Willimantic and callas come from Jewett City.

At McKenna, a dozen roses cost $80, but most of her income comes from weddings and funerals. Christmas and Mother’s Day are also public holidays which ensure a large part of their activity.

The floral industry that Rankowitz describes as “touchy-feely” with which the pandemic has interfered. McKenna’s Florist closed to the public from March to May out of respect for the coronavirus crisis. Rankowitz and his wife, a nurse, felt compelled to remain closed during this time for the safety of their customers.

McKenna’s Florist is pleased to serve the public again and its hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (860) 887-2479.

Lisa Shasha lives in Norwich.

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