But Little Weed was not there. And to be honest no weed will ever appear at Walter Smith’s Florist shop – unless you think Little Weed was a Sunflower rather than a dandelion!
Flower Pot Man indeed..
So on a very busy street in Shoreham by Sea Walter Smith’s Florist Shop proudly have their own Flower Pot Man – a four foot high character made from various sized terracotta flower pots, who welcomes customers to the shop. And there’s plenty of people to admire the work, being right by the railway station it’s great for commuters drivers and pedestrians alike – all of them have to regularly wait for the level crossing gates to lift.
Today, we are meeting Andi and Chris who took over the shop in December 2009. We ask Andi and Chris why they chose this particular shop as their first joint venture “We were looking to take over, an ‘up and running’ business, ideally from someone who was retiring, where someone had loved the shop and the business, not one that was failing or unpopular,” Chris adds that he had spent quite a lot of time observing the footfall past the shop and also researching how long the level crossing gates were closed-would this be a bonus or a pitfall? From his vantage point from the pub opposite, having people mill about when the gates were closed was a distinct advantage. During his research he also got to know some of his potential customers at the same time!