Spates The Florist Full Tilt Through The Holidays

NEWPORT CITY - As the holiday season ramps up green houses that are used to grow plants convert to wreath manufacturing buildings. And at this time of year a new economy takes shape with hundreds of people throughout the Northeast Kingdom making wreaths, garland, swags, kissing balls, and centerpieces, or cutting brush for cash. Spates The Florist is an area icon for producing holiday greens, though they also rely on a flower shop, garden Robert and Jill Gosselin purchased the business in 2002, where Jill had already been working for several decades.“We were looking for something to do on our own, I was working at Pick and Shovel at the time but Tim and Doug weren’t interested in selling,” recalls Robert. “Then Doug and Vivian (Spates) approached us. It was a surprise.”The business continues to flourish and at this time of year, it’s all about the greens.Please see The Newport Daily Express Tuesday for the complete story.