Flower shop’s new owner


A long-established flower shop in Heanor has a new owner.

Elizabeth Dronfield took over the ownership of Piper’s the Florist, at 27 Market Street, the day after Mother’s Day.

She managed the shop for 18 months until former boss Tracey Copson decided to concentrate on her florist business in Eastwood called Options.

Elizabeth said: “Tracey gave me the option to see if I could take it over. I thought if this shop shuts, it shuts - there is no other florist in the town.”

The shop offers flowers for funeral tributes, weddings and corporate events as well as arrangements for tables and pedestals in entrance halls and receptions. She has also introduced a new range of gift baskets containing flowers, fresh fruit, chocolate and drinks.

Elizabeth, 55, of Smalley, is married with three children and describes herself as ‘a jack of all trades.’ She studied floristry at Clarendon College in Nottingham and worked in the business for six years before qualifying as a beautician and working in a spa in Loughborough, before returning to the flower trade.

Alongside the flowers, Elizabeth is also promoting displays by local craftspeople, which include fabric creations, homemade pop-up books and sweetie boxes.

Elizabeth added: “Floristry is about creativity. I have always been a creative sort of person. I like to look at colours and shapes. I am always looking to come up with something new or unusual.

“I want people to come in and realise there are other things on offer. It would be nice for local people to support a local business. Supermarkets are all right for mixed bunches, but they can’t do the wedding or funeral work. Florists have to be trained.”

The shop is open 9am to 4.30pm except for Wednesdays and Saturdays, On Wednesday it shuts at 12pm and 2pm on Saturday.