By Gloria Austin
On Feb. 1, Ron and Amanda Dunham became the new owners of Chadwick Florist and Greenhouses located on Spring Street in Houlton. Ron and Amanda purchased the florist from Tom and Debbie Nisbett, who owned the florist for 31 years. Chadwick’s has been a part of Houlton for 108 years and the Dunhams hope to continue the same longevity in the floral industry as their predecessors.
Pioneer Times photograph/Gloria Austin
SETTLING IN — Ron and Amanda Dunham are settling right into their roles as new owners of Chadwick Florist and Greenhouse on Spring Street in Houlton. The Dunhams used to run a flower shop in Corinth before moving back to the area. Getting ready to help with all your floral needs are, from left, Cassie Carmichael, Ron and Amanda Dunham, owners.
Though the Dunham last name may be unfamiliar to some, Amanda’s maiden name is well known in the East Grand Lake area.
“I was a Brackett,” she said. “My family has a farm in Weston, which is where I grew up.”
Ron and Amanda previously owned a florist shop in Corinth. “I have always enjoyed the floral industry,” Amanda said. “When the shop in Corinth came up for sale, it was time for a change. I had been sitting behind a desk too long and wanted to branch out with my creativity side.”
As time went by, the Dunhams decided to come back to Weston to revitalize the family farm, Brackett Farms.
“Ron loves it up here as much as I do,” Amanda said. “So, we decided to take the plunge and move back.”
Amanda worked for Tom and Debbie Nisbett at Chadwick’s during the holiday seasons last year and quickly realized that she missed having her own shop.
“That is when my wheels started turning” she said. “I approached Tom and Debbie at the same time they had the idea in the back of their minds too. We will look to tap into the wealth of information and experience that Tom and Debbie have by working with them throughout the next year during different times,” she said.
Since the couple took over the business the first of February, they jumped right in and got their feet wet with Valentine’s Day.
“We loved it. We got to meet a lot of great people,” she said.
READY — Chadwick’s Floirst has items ready for Easter. Stop by and check out their products.
A few things will not change at Chadwick’s with the new ownership. The staff, quality products and exceptional service will be consistent.
“We still have the same staff,” said Amanda, “and great service is still our number-one priority. Our service will remain top notch.”
The Dunhams will add a variety of new product lines to the already existing ones available at Chadwick’s. Some of the new product lines will be Stonewall Kitchen, Primitives by Jen, Gourmet Village, and more.
“We will be running a variety of sales and offers throughout the year to support organizations such as the American Cancer Society and others” said Amanda. “We are big into community involvement and we will stress that by supporting different causes.”
In May, the Dunhams will be opening the greenhouse (Saturday’s 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and will be offering the same beautiful hanging baskets, planters and annuals that customers have come to expect at Chadwick’s.
“We will be adding vegetable seedlings and a larger assortment of perennials this year,” said Amanda. “We are planning to expand our services to include landscaping and lawn care in the near future, as well.”
Chadwick Florist and Greenhouse is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon (until the greenhouse opens).
Overall, the Dunhams feel right at home.
“I love designing arrangements and helping others,” she said. “But, the best part is being able to be a part of those life moments that are precious to everyone. No matter what the occasion, we want to make sure that your experience with us remains exceptional.”