Ronnie Oehme of Ronnie’s Flower Shop Cardiff retires after 37 years | Newcastle Herald


AFTER being in the industry for nearly half a century, Ronnie Oehme of Ronnie’s Flower Shop will assemble his final bouquet on Christmas Eve. Having owned and operated her Cardiff store for 37 years, Ms Oehme has seen the area change as she built her “family business”. “There are far fewer banks here and the supermarket is much bigger,” she said. “I now have five children and 18 grandchildren. Many of them still help out in the store and do the deliveries.” Ms Oehme first got into floristry because she was ‘broken with five kids to feed’ after ‘losing everything in the 71′ Townsville cyclone’. “I came back to Newcastle and the girl next door who worked at the florist in Cardiff was looking for a driver,” Ms Oehme said. “Three weeks later, the owner, who was Latvian, started teaching me. It was December and January, she went on vacation and I started managing.” Even though the business has changed and COVID has seen many growers and florists shut down, Ms Oehme said that after she started she “never looked back”. “I opened the store with just a phone and a cash register and there were definitely some tough times.” Ms Oehme may have adapted to the times, mostly dealing with online deliveries now, but she says the value of an old-fashioned personal florist cannot be underestimated. “It’s about being able to come in, see what you’re buying, and get advice,” she said. “It’s also about quality. A lot of people come to me complaining that they bought something online and it only lasted a few days. What are you waiting for.” The store still gets most of its flowers from Sandgate, with the natives delivered by a grower in Macksville. “People come here because they get three or four weeks of their roses. Of course they are, because I won’t buy waste.” Ms Oehme said this quality, care and family value will continue under the new owner, her ex-daughter-in-law, Dianne Evans. IN THE NEWS: Our reporters work hard to bring local, up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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