In 1923 Arthur Pontius left the printing business and started A.R. Pontius Flower Shop with his wife, Florence. They grew award-winning gladiolus and lilies in the lot behind the shop and sold them in the same location the shop is in today, on Main Street, in beautiful Harbor Springs, Michigan.
I grew up in Petoskey, just across Little Traverse Bay. Ten years ago I moved back to Northern Michigan from San Francisco; I had spent the previous 10 years earning a vocal music degree and pursuing a performance career. A friend knew I had experience in gardening and plants and suggested I apply as a florist where he was working. I got the job.
In 2013 I bought A.R. Pontius Flower Shop from my aunt, Nancy Rondel. In the years since my staff and I have designed and provided flowers for over 200 weddings and uncounted events and special occasions. We have created and delivered thousands of bouquets and arrangements. The staff has grown to 4 full-time employees and 6 part-time. This year, we are expanding our storefront season and will be open May-December. We also bought a farm just north of Harbor Springs, where we began growing flowers in the summer of 2017.
I love my job. I am extremely grateful to all of the clients that let me create for them, and I am so proud to own a nearly 100-year-old flower shop.
-Jamie Beth Platte