HANFORD — Downtown Hanford welcomed a new business this week.
Divine Creations Floral Arrangements and Events opened its doors on Monday at 322 W. Irwin St., next to the Hanford Fox Theatre.
From elaborate bouquets to simple flower arrangements, store owner Maggie Zamora does it all.
“I just wanted to bring something different to Hanford and the community,” she said. “That was my goal to open up a business in Hanford.”
Flower arrangements are displayed in glass vases or decorative boxes throughout the shop. Prices can range from $5 to $80 depending on the arrangement, Zamora said.
“I want to be very reasonable and affordable,” she said. “I want people to enjoy their flowers and be happy with what they are paying.”
So far, Zamora and a few of her family members are making the flower arrangements at the shop.
Zamora said she is currently working on a store website and a portfolio full of her work for people to look at when they come in the store.
Since the shop has been open, she has made a few sales and booked weddings and quinceaneras for floral arrangements.
Zamora said she has always been interested in fashion and originally wanted to open up her own boutique.
Zamora decided that a flower shop would be best for her and her three children, who are 14, 6 and 2 years old, because she thought it would be a more reliable source of income.
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“Everybody needs flowers, whether its weddings, parties or funerals, everybody needs flowers,” she said.
Zamora said she wants to use her business as a way for to be more involved in her community by donating bouquets to local hospitals and churches.
Zamora also plans on holding workshops in the future where people can come in the store and learn how to make flower arrangements for their loved ones.
In May, she plans on having a workshop where fathers can bring in their children to make bouquets for Mother’s Day.
“I just have so many ideas that I want to do for Hanford,” she said.
Kalish Morrow, owner of The Soaking Tub on Irwin Street, said she is happy to see another shop in downtown Hanford.
“I think [Divine Creations] is something that we needed,” she said. “It’s one of those staple businesses that you expect to find in downtown.”
Morrow said she bought a bouquet from the flower store on Monday and plans to start buying more arrangements to display throughout her own shop.
Zamora was born and raised in the Valley and graduated from Avenal High School. She moved to Hanford shortly after to work in the retail industry and later worked for the Selma Enterprise as a sales representative. She moved to Los Angeles for a few years and came back to Hanford in April 2015 to be closer to family.
“I love helping people,” she said. “I love decorating, hosting parties and planning events.”