Weir’s Florist celebrates 50 years

In 1971, Maxine and Russ Weir transplanted their flower business from Mattoon to Paris. Now, Weir’s Florist is excited to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2021.

The current Weir in charge is Brad Weir, the founders’ grandson, who took over the business from his father Randy. He is proud the combination plant nursery, garden supply store and florist is still a family-owned, community-oriented business.

“There’s not too many businesses in Paris that’ve survived for 50 years,” he said. “And it’s the customers that’s made it happen.”

A celebration is still up in the air due to the lingering dangers of COVID-19, though the family has considered an open house. On the bright side, the pandemic’s gardening boom was good news for greenhouses, Weir’s included.

“It was actually a lot busier than expected. People couldn’t travel, so they stayed home. The food shortage (meant) we sold all our veggies,” Brad Weir said.

Besides equipping gardeners for miles with pallets of greens, Weir’s Florist is well known for their popular bouquets. Brad Weir explained these blooms are not grown on site, instead arriving from South America and Canada by way of Terre Haute, Ind. Bouquets still represent a decent slice of Weir’s income, though sales trends are shifting to include more windchimes, decorative stones and sentimental keepsakes, according to Brad Weir. He is grateful for his employees Martha Fox, Linda Updegraff and Georgia Matthias for staying atop this side of the shop.

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