Silver Leaf Florist and Boutique voted Favorite Florist in Starke County
Photographer / Jubilee Edgell
Opening Silver Leaf Florist and Boutique in May 2018 was the result of owner Jeanne Thompson following her heart and returning to her roots. The shop, located at 217 E. Culver Road in Knox, is known for its innovative arrangements and gifts, as well as its warm and welcoming staff. Recently voted Favorite Florist in the Leader & Review publishing company’s 2019 Best of Starke County, it is apparent that area residents appreciate and enjoy the florist and boutique combination.
“I grew up on a farm in the area and I’ve always been interested in flowers. My mom passed on when I was 12, so I was very close to my dad — he was my best friend. He loved gardening and some of my happiest memories are of my dad teaching me about flowers and their care,” Thompson says. “After I grew up, I lived in Carmel and traveled a lot with my job at L’Oreal Cosmetics. In 2004, since my father’s health began to fail, I returned to Knox. After he passed on, I got the idea of opening the store as a homage to him.”
A lot of the shop’s business is devoted to weddings and funerals, but serving walk-in business is something Thompson relishes. She also works with fundraising and schools. Tuxedo rental is an especially welcomed service, especially around prom season. Recently, Thompson donated 150 colorful corsages to the Fifth Annual Special Needs Prom. It was the first time it was hosted by Knox High School, which enabled Thompson and her staff to contribute to putting smiles on the attendee’s faces.
“It’s either feast or famine in this industry. It’s just the way it is. You have to be there when they need you,” Thompson says. “You don’t know when funerals are going to happen.”
When asked to recount a few of her recent experiences, Thompson says, “I had to open the store up and come in and assemble flowers this past July Fourth. A family needed them quickly for a funeral. I did it, but I can honestly say that anyone on staff would have done it if I asked them to — they are that devoted.”
Thompson enjoys interacting with the community via the Silver Leaf Florist and Boutique’s Facebook page. She and her staff post some of their latest creations and fun seasonal gifts. Promotions are also offered which may involve free cookies or complimentary bouquets of flowers.
“There is no money in the florist business, I’m doing this because I love it. I do it from my heart. My staff is totally dedicated to making it the best. They put their whole heart and soul into it every day.”
Silver Leaf Florist and Boutique is located at 217 E. Culver Road in Knox. It’s open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday. The boutique is closed on Sunday. For further information or to request a floral arrangement, call 574-772-4005. You can also visit them online at SilverLeafFloristAndBoutique.com.