Local floral designer returns to her roots

Donnie Bryant donnie.bryant@empiretribune.com
Carrie Pack 
 Photo by Donnie Bryant/E-T

A family business is nothing new in America - many of the best institutions of commerce have been handed down through the generations. And it is no different for Carrie Scott Pack, the scion of her beloved floral arranging father who everyone called Bob. Having cut her teeth on the stem of many a flower, floral design is a natural vocation.

As of Aug. 31, Carrie became the proprietor of Flowers, Etc. on Washington Street across from Tarleton’s baseball field. It is a business that does not rely upon attracting customers by flowers alone.

Question: You have a degree in psychology and had a job at the Rock House. Yet we find you here in a floral/gift shop. How did that happen?

Answer: “I had worked for the prior owners of the business since last summer. They needed a floral designer, and I had the know-how. So I came to work here, and a year later after they had a baby and time for them was at a premium, I bought it.

“Dad first found out as soon as I had signed the papers. I called him and told him, and he was really excited.”

Question: You have literally grown up in the floral business. Tell us about your earlier experiences as a child being around your father’s shop.

Answer: “I made my first bud vase probably in kindergarten down at Scott's Flowers when my dad owned it. That's where he started me. I grew up in the flower shop. I've worked at several different floral shops since. Austin (her husband) was in the military, and we lived in North Carolina for about four years, and I worked at a flower shop there. When we came back here for him to go back to school, I worked at the Rock House because of my degree. But then the chance came up for me to come back. I always come back to flowers. It's in my blood.”

Question: You have quite an eclectic selection of merchandise. And your delivery wagon is pretty unique, too. Tell us about “her” and what would you like to say about the variety of items your store offers?

Answer: “We have collegiate merchandise complete with a Greek boutique; so we service the sororities and fraternities. We do tuxedo rentals, engravings for trophies, plaques and awards.” She pauses, almost as an afterthought, “And flowers!

“Blossom is our delivery vehicle. She's a Ford Transit, and she wears flowers. She has what we call a fragrant personality. On the back it says, 'Caution: This vehicle makes fragrant stops.'”