The Times West Virginian

Business

March 31, 2013

The Cotton Patch adds floral services

FARMINGTON — The Cotton Patch in Farmington has expanded into floral services and is ready to give customers whatever they need.

People in the area know The Cotton Patch, established in 1992, for its food and gifts, collectibles and home decor. The business, located on Route 250, recently got into the flower business.

The Cotton Patch now offers fresh-cut, silk and dried arrangements, as well as wreaths, bouquets of loose-cut flowers, and green and blooming plants.

The store does work for funerals and delivers to residents in the surrounding area and patients at Fairmont General Hospital, said Tammy Muzichuck-Wells, who owns the shop with her mom Peggy Beveridge. They both live in Katy.

Muzichuck-Wells said she believed there was a nice opportunity for The Cotton Patch to add flower services, and doors began opening for her.

“I just felt it was the right time,” she said.

Her cousin, Renee Riggs, who takes care of a flower shop in Morgantown, encouraged her to get into the floral business and helped her find a cooler and walk-in unit to purchase from an old flower shop. Riggs helped Muzichuck-Wells get started with the flower operations for Valentine’s Day.

Then Debbie Elliott-Spears, who lives in Rachel and has many years of experience in the industry, came on board a month ago to officially introduce The Cotton Patch’s floral services. She said she looks forward to becoming a future employee.

She began working at Snider’s Florist & Gifts in Mannington, which has changed owners and is now Mountaineer Florist & Gifts, in 1969 when she was 14 years old. She retired at the end of 2011, but decided to return to her trade when Muzichuck-Wells contacted her for assistance with The Cotton Patch’s new venture.

“I didn’t realize how much I missed it,” Elliott-Spears said.

She said she did a lot of flowers for weddings while at Snider’s, and she would like to specialize in this type of work. Coming up, The Cotton Patch will focus on flowers for prom and Mother’s Day, as well as cemetery arrangements and standing wreaths and hearts for Memorial Day.

The flower business is going well so far.

“The people in Farmington have been supportive,” Muzichuck-Wells said. “I really appreciate the support they’ve given me so far.”

If people can’t find what they’re looking for already in the flower cooler, Elliott-Spears can make what they need.

“We could do anything that anybody asked,” she said. “We’re just a phone call away.”

Muzichuck-Wells said The Cotton Patch initially carried craft supplies and fabrics, but no longer offers those items. The business has been concentrating on food and gifts for the past 10 years.

The shop’s menu includes sandwiches like steak hoagies and chicken salad, the popular homemade potato salad, Hershey’s hand-dipped ice cream, different pies and more. Employee Samantha Mezzanotte, who lives in Monongah, is a big help with the restaurant side.

The Cotton Patch’s customers are great, Muzichuck-Wells said. The “Saturday morning breakfast crowd” comes in early every Saturday to chat and watch their food being cooked.

“We just have a really good time,” she said. “They just joke and laugh. It makes you feel good.”

Elliott-Spears said people who stop by to eat often end up browsing the gift and flower side of the shop and making purchases.

“Even though it’s a new year, it’s been really a good year,” Muzichuck-Wells said.

The Cotton Patch is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the store at 304-825-6225 or 304-677-9517 for after-hours flower needs.

Email Jessica Borders at jborders@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @JBordersTWV.

1
Text Only
Business
  • Statewide online directory lets you track local goods

    A new online tool is providing a detailed look into West Virginia’s local food system.
    The West Virginia Food Mapper, a statewide interactive mapping application, was officially finalized and launched in February through a partnership among several entities. Those partners include Downstream Strategies, the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition and its Meat Processing Working Group, and the West Virginia GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Technical Center.

    April 13, 2014

  • Chancelors reopens at new site after devastating fire

    Nothing, not event a devastating fire, can keep Chancelors down.
    At the beginning of March, this family-owned auction business and store opened at its new location beside Premier Body Works, a mile and a half past the Barrackville Covered Bridge.

    April 13, 2014

  • Despite coal decline, West Virginia remains strong in exporting

    Companies throughout West Virginia are bringing new dollars into the economy by exporting.
    The governor’s office recently reported that the state’s exports in 2013 totaled $8.4 billion. This is the third-highest amount of exports that West Virginia has seen in its history.

    April 6, 2014

  • Mannington B&B Wireless offers affordable service

    B&B Wireless is now offering affordable cellphone services to the Mannington area.
    Owner Brad Weaver recently opened this store, which is an nTelos Wireless exclusive retail provider, at 122 Market St. in Mannington. The new business is located beside Hero’s Corner Cafe and shares a building with Fancy Nancy’s Gift Shop.

    April 6, 2014

  • NASA IV&V, TMC play key role in launch of satellite

    A modeling and simulation product developed by the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Facility and TMC Technologies, both in Fairmont, recently played a key role in launching a satellite off the ground.
    Brandon Bailey is the lab manager of the Jon McBride Software Testing and Research (JSTAR) Laboratory at NASA IV&V.

    March 30, 2014

  • Quality of life focus at White Hall Hearing Care

    White Hall Hearing Care encourages people to do their ears a favor and visit an audiologist.
    Owner Barb Litton Cox, a nationally certified state licensed audiologist, opened her office on March 4 at the White Hall Professional Complex, located at 177 Middletown Road.

    March 30, 2014

  • Small Business Resource Summit and Entrepreneurs Café set Tuesday

    Main Street Fairmont is helping small businesses find opportunities to grow.
    The Small Business Resource Summit and Entrepreneurs Café are scheduled for this Tuesday at Veterans Square, located at 320 Adams St. in downtown Fairmont.

    March 23, 2014

  • Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham opens doors

    The team of the new Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham is glad to be in Fairmont.
    The hotel, located at 20 Southland Drive next to the Middletown Mall, officially opened its doors on Friday, March 21. That afternoon, the management team and staff welcomed members of the public to tour the new facility and enjoy lunch during an open house.

    March 23, 2014

  • Scammers will ‘go after anyone, regardless of age, gender or income’

    West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urges consumers to protect themselves against scams related to online purchases.
    A Fairmont woman, who prefered not to be interviewed for this story, recently became the victim of one of these scams and lost a considerable amount of money as a result.

    March 16, 2014

  • Service focus at ERA Signature Properties

    The new owners of ERA Signature Properties are ready to provide excellent customer service to clients from start to finish.
    On Jan. 1, Realtors and owners Brian and Mikaelah Seifrit officially took over the business that Jo-Helen and Ed Williams led for many years.

    March 16, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Business
House Ads