Florist shares Kennett’s kindness with strangers and small business owners


Zena Florist and the owners of Mushroom Cap

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Kathi Lafferty, owner of The Mushroom Cap, left, and Maria Navarrete-Olvera of Zena Florist.

For the past few years, Maria Navarrete-Olvera, owner of Zena Florist, has made it her mission to spread Kennett’s kindness by bringing local stores free flowers during July, which is American Cultivated Flower Month, writes Jen Samuel for the Daily local news.

Zena Florist, who has locations in Kennett Square and Toughkenamon, started handing out flowers early in the pandemic to boost positivity and appreciation in the community.

“Receiving flowers has been shown to be a scientific mood booster. Researchers have noticed that when giving flowers or plants as gifts, people physically and emotionally show their ‘real smile’ – they trigger products chemicals in the brain,” Navarrete-Olvera said.

Businesses including small traders along State Street, law enforcement and visitors to La Verona, Lily’s Asian Cuisine, Mushroom Cap and Talula’s Table received bright yellow sunflowers last Tuesday.

“Any act of kindness usually has ripple effects that can be as simple as improving an individual’s attitude and outlook at a given time or as significant as being a turning point for someone whose life can unknowingly degrade,” Chief Constable William said. Holdsworth of the Kennett Square Police Department.

Read more about Zena Florist in the Daily local news.

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