Black-Eyed Susan’s Florist
Black-Eyed Susan's Florist in Barnegat first opened it's doors when George HW Bush was inaugurated, the "Batman" movie premiered and a 6.9 earthquake canceled game 3 of the World Series in San Fransico.
A lot of things have changed over these past 29 years. Not only the look and feel of our area - with the population explosion of so many 55+ developments, 4 new schools, more roads and the 4 lane light at West Bay and Barnegat Blvd, but also in the floral industry: "the designs and flowers are still traditional but there are more dramatic/high style designs, flowers and containers available today." Susan says "My grandfather raised our mom and her brothers and sister owning a florist in Jersey City in the 1930's and 40's. Our mother and mentor, Josephine, taught us all we needed to know about the creative side of this business and our father Pete taught us the business end. The way our grandfather did things so long ago, like decorating the easel where a funeral spray hung, aren't the norm now. And funerals are not how they were back then either. Instead of in a person's home, viewings today are held in funeral homes, at the grave site or in a church. Where ever the service is, flowers are still an integral part of a funeral. There has to be some natural beauty for the bereaved to concentrate on to ease even a small bit of the stress and grief. Another change is our address - for the past 15 years we are located on Route 9 at Seneca Blvd. exactly on the township line between Barnegat and Waretown, "giving us the best of both world's!" "We do work for both police departments, both town halls and all the schools in the local communities. By the same token, Black-Eyed Susan's Florist has been supporting the churches, schools, PTAs, Band parents' groups, police depts, businesses, charity organizations, veterans' organizations, home owner associations and more in the area for 29 years". Says Susan, "One of our proudest accomplishments is to establish a scholarship fund, awarded annually to both a Barnegat High School student and a Southern Regional High School student". Black-Eyed Susan's Florist was the first business to offer a scholarship in Barnegat High School. "I hope other businesses take our cue, it's very rewarding", says Susan. "Being a small business in this area for 29 years, being part of the fabric and witnessing the changes is an honor. We are very grateful! For 29 years we love what we do and it shows!"
Black-Eyed Susan's Florist is located on Route 9 and Seneca Blvd., in Lakeside Square, on the Barnegat/Waretown border. 609-698-3100