By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
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.
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