Saturday, September 20, 2003

Jack Herb's roots are 125 years deep

By Perry Schaible
Enquirer contributor

MOUNT HEALTHY _ After 125 years, Jack Herb Florist remains a cornerstone of this community.

"It's somewhere we'll always keep a store since it's where we started," said Lindsey Herb, 21, the fifth Herb generation to work in the family business.

The florist is holding an anniversary celebration today at the Mount Healthy location to thank its customers.

"Business has been strong here, we have a good presence all over the area, but Mount Healthy is our roots," said John Herb, who bought the business from his father Jack.

Peter Herb started the family business on Harrison Avenue in 1878 in a greenhouse a block away from the current location, 7848 Hamilton Ave.

It has since been in four different locations in Mount Healthy, including three corners in the same block.

From noon to 4 p.m. today employees will give roses to customers and free bouquets for donations to the Volunteers of America. A drawing will be held for a year of flower arrangements and special discounts will be available.

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