Karen’s Floral celebrates 36 years of creating relationships
By Karen Tanner
Karen’s Floral Designs has been building relationships with its customers for 36 years. This family-owned and operated full-service floral business in Payson has grown from a hobby to become a staple of the community. It is a business that provides flowers, but it is really all about relationships.
Karen Tanner is the owner and operates the business along with three generations of her family. At times, there is a fourth generation there learning the art of design. The original name of the business was “Warehouse Greenery” and it was located near Mountain View Hospital. Originally carrying baskets, green plants and dried and silk flowers, the inventory has changed with the times. Fresh flowers, gifts and handbags have made it a great place to find something fun and beautiful. This needed to be reflected in the business name, and Karen’s Floral Designs was born!
Now in its current location at 607 S. 100 West in Payson, the business hasn’t seen a change in one thing: the loyal customers. Tanner’s philosophy of “we send to your loved one what we would send to ours” has created great friends and wonderful relationships.
“I have wonderful friends that I have met through my business. They started as customers. When you help someone plan funeral flowers, an anniversary gift or a birthday present for a grandchild they are too far away to deliver themselves,-you can’t help but become close with people,” Tanner said.
The relationship between people inspires them to send flowers; it is a way to communicate a feeling or emotion. Karen’s Floral invites customers to explain what they need or what the occasion is, and the business designs the perfect bouquet. There are few other businesses that help create so many lifelong memories. Flowers for a new mother, balloons for a child’s birthday, a sweet 16 rose bouquet, a boutonniere or wristlet for a dance, a plant for a new home, a wedding bouquet, a funeral spray for a casket or a remembrance arrangement in permanent flowers - these are just a few ways a floral business helps people celebrate and remember the events in their lives.
It takes a experienced floral designer to design something unique for all of these special occasions. There is more than 90 years of combined experience in floral design at Karen’s Floral. They continue to improve their knowledge with ongoing training. This ensures that there is always something fun and innovative available.