A Touch of Charm sale finalized
It's now official. A Touch of Charm, a floral and gift shop at 330 East Main St. in Blooming Prairie, has a new owner.
Leanne Hanson, proprietor of A Touch of Charm for almost 30 years, announced that the business has been sold and is now owned by Jacqueline Reiter Vorlicek.
The business will also be getting a new name, Prairie Home Floral, Decor & Gifts, says Reiter Vorlicek.
The new owner has been shadowing Hanson since early September and won't officially take the reins until Jan. 1, 2019.
"She is buying the building and everything in it," said Hanson. The shop will be operated under Leanne's mentorship until Jan. 1, says Reiter Vorlicek.
Reiter Vorlicek has worked in education for 18 years, teaching special education and also serving in administration at the Robbinsdale School District. Her husband Jason is also a special ed. teacher. The couple was married last July in Aaron Ressler's barn, converted to an event center.
"I've had my eye on this shop for the last five years," admits Reiter Vorlicek. "It's the cutest shop ever," she proclaims.
The business ownership will give her an opportunity "to use the creative part of her brain," she laughs.
Reiter Vorlicek says she and Leanne have a similar style when it pertains to flowers and gifts. "We are looking to offer classes on do it yourself projects next year," she says.
"I have a lot to learn, and Leanne has been very patient," says Reiter Vorlicek.
Reiter Vorlicek’s mother has a gift store in Ellsworth, Minn., located near Luverne. She said she has done some repurposing and decorating for her mother's store. She is a graduate of Luverne High School.
The small town atmosphere has always appealed to Reiter Vorlicek even though she most recently lived in a Twin Cities suburb. "I grew up on a farm and loved it," she says.
Hanson shares Reiter Vorlicek’s fondness for a small community. "My roots are here, I have lots of good memories here and it's a great place to raise a family," Hanson said.
Many unique items, some antique, can be found in the new Prairie Home shop. "Where has Leanne acquired all of these inventory items? "Shhh," says Reiter Vorlicek, "it's a secret." Hanson says much of her inventory comes from flea markets, sales and a wholesale market in the Twin Cities.
Both Hanson and Reiter Vorlicek have a lot in common with their love of a gift shop. They each also have 1950 Chevrolets.
Last minute gift ideas can be readily found at the former A Touch of Charm. "I've always tried to have items not everyone has," Hanson says. "I also have tried to display items in a special way," she added.
Reiter Vorlicek says the hours will remain the same: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
An open house is planned after the first of next year.
"I am just thrilled about our new owner," confides Hanson. "It was a God thing," she says, saying she was praying someone would buy her store and Jacqueline was praying she would find a store of her own.