Flowerland has growing stock of seasonal decorations, gifts
IRON MOUNTAIN — Customers who visit Flowerland Greenhouse in spring usually are looking for supplies for summer gardens and other plantings.
But the business at 1511 S. Stephenson Ave. also blossoms for Christmas, transforming into a winter wonderland of seasonal decorations and gifts.
Fresh evergreen wreaths and garland adorn the store’s exterior, while Christmas decor and gifts fill the 8-feet-high shelving inside.
It’s made Flowerland Greenhouse a popular stop during the holidays. “Business is taking off for us,” owner Kevin Pirlot said.
Pirlot, a 1981 Kingsford graduate and retired Iron Mountain firefighter, purchased the business in 2001 primarily as a floral shop.
In 2009, he expanded to offer gift items. Two years ago, they added the Melissa & Doug children’s line — which includes wooden puzzles, arts and crafts products, plush toys and other educational items — and recently tripled the size of that collection.
Pirlot’s wife, Tina (Anders) Pirlot, is an Iron Mountain graduate with a degree in architectural design from Northern Michigan University.
She selects the inventory and designs the displays for Flowerland Greenhouse. “My wife has a good eye on the trends,” Pirlot said.
So the shop now has bath and body products, candles, eyeglass cases, credit card cases, notepads, air plants, fairy gardens, home decor, art supplies for kids, lighted prints, wine accessories, cutting boards.
And the holiday-related decorations. “Our biggest sellers are the galvanized snowflakes. They have gone out the door like crazy,” Pirlot said.
Flowerland Greenhouse for now has just two seasons. From the end of April through August, it is a greenhouse. From October through January, it becomes a holiday store. “The main part of the business is still the outdoor plants — trees, flowers and vegetables in the spring. I own the property, so otherwise, it’s just sitting here all winter, not doing anything,” Pirlot said.
The shop now closes during the offseason because it’s a big job to change over the inventory.
But starting next summer, Flowerland Greenhouse may remain open through fall, Pirlot said, “because we are here all the time, anyway.”