Jean Pope has decided to return to the floral business.
For over 25 years she was the face and owner of Flowers By Jean in Coats, now she’s taken up shop in Benson with 4 The Season Florist.
“I had a chance to do it again,” she said. “So, I’m in it again, I thoroughly enjoy it.”
Ms. Pope focuses on general occasion flower arrangements in the newly-renovated building located at 306 S. Wall St. Her inventory includes live and silk florals as well as roses and other bouquets.
Ms. Pope wasn’t completely out of the floral business working with another florist, but decided to take the opportunity to re-open a shop simply because she had the chance.
“I just had a chance to come back into it and I thought as long as I can I will,” she said. “I feel like I’ve been given a talent and I intend to use it as along as I can.”
There’s also the personal satisfaction that comes with both owning a business and the joy it brings being a part of the community.
“I do enjoy it,” she said. “That’s the main thing. I am from Coats and the Coats area supports me. The Benson area supports me also. So, I think the shop will do very well here.”
The owner of Rose & Graham Funeral Home, Wynn Graham, was supportive of the opening of another flower shop in Benson and told her he believed the store would prosper.
“I told him what I was thinking about,” she said. “There is another flower shop here, but he said there was room for another floral shop. So, that was my main decision to come to Benson, there’s room for more.”
She said there’s also a couple of other reasons as well, not the least of which is family.
“My parents are from Benson,” she said. “So in a way it’s like coming home.”
She says since returning to the area as a business, the response has been encouraging, especially since many residents kept an eye on the renovations wondering what it was actually going to provide to the community.
“People watched the renovation for a year and they saw it coming together, then word got out it was a flower shop,” she said. “So I think for a shop open for no longer than three months, I think it’s done very well.”
Ms. Pope is not associated with any national chain of florists, but offers the same services, including delivery, as the big chains.
“Just starting out right now I want to stay independent,” she said. “That could change, but for right how I want to stay independent.”
Her service area includes places such as McGee’s Crossroads, Benson, Dunn, Angier, Newton Grove, Lillington, Godwin and anywhere within about a 25-mile radius.
“I have a truck that runs every day with fresh flowers,” she said. “I have fresh suppliers and silks. We’re covered as far as any arrangement.”
She welcomes the opportunity to fulfill the needs of all customers. Whether it’s flowers for a funeral, altar arrangements for a wedding or even a single rose, Ms. Pope says she’s up to the challenge.
“Whatever the customer needs at the time,” she said. “We can fill the order.”