Let the celebration begin.



On Thursday, House of Flowers will be celebrating its 70th year of business with an evening of festivities.

Let the celebration begin.

On Thursday, House of Flowers will be celebrating its 70th year of business with an evening of festivities.

“We have all types of events planned and it's going to be really fun party and all of the community is invited,” House of Flowers owner Marta Land said.

The celebration will feature family-friendly activities, live music, shopping and food trucks. House of Flowers will unveil their new building mural by local artist group NoArt * NoTalent * NoFun.

Live music will be performed by Harley Hamm and Jimmy Jamm. Several food trucks will be on site serving customers including Kona Ice of Pottawatomie County, The Healthy Hippo, Murphy's Cookshack and A Latte Love Coffeehouse.

Activities for all ages include yard games, arts and crafts, face painting, rock painting. Inside the shop, guests can check out the Fall Fudge Flavor Poll.

“We are introducing five new flavors and everyone who attends the party will get to sample the new options and will get to vote on what their favorite flavor,” Land said.

Since Land took over the businesses on Mother's Day weekend 1997, the community of Shawnee has been very supportive, she said.

“I really appreciate the people in the community as well as my staff,” Land said. “My staff is like family.

Throughout the construction on Kickapoo, to a troublesome economy, Land is forever thankful for the support Shawnee has given her and House of Flowers.

“The community has supported us throughout thick and thin,” Land said. “There have been times when the economy has been down. To some, flowers are a luxury but Shawnee is such a wonderful and loyal community.”

Mother's Day week and Valentine's Day week are two of the busiest times at House of Flowers. During this time, Land and her staff come together and embrace the busy time.

“We gather together as a family and and make great things happen for people,” Land said.

One of the features Land is most proud of is the discount to service people and those in uniform.

“My heart is in giving back to the community,” Land said. “A lot of people serving in the military will be serving overseas and will call or email us and order flowers for their mothers or wives.”

As a staple of the Shawnee community, House of Flowers continues to serve families second and third generation shoppers.

One of the most memorable clients Land and her staff have served is former Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry. House of Flowers supplied the flowers for Henry's first inaugural ball and delivered flowers to the Governor's Mansion.

Land and House of Flowers makes an effort to purchase Oklahoma-grown flowers as often as possible.

“If I could purchase all my flowers from Oklahoma, I would,” Land said. “After Oklahoma, I try to purchase flowers grown in the United States. We also carry various Oklahoma made products.”