Capitol Hill Florist Celebrates Over 80 Years in Oklahoma

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The Daily Oklahoman visits with owner Kent Whitnah about the family-owned business

“Christmas has been a successful time and we’re gearing up for our busy season with Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day just around the corner.” – Kent Whitnah, owner, Capitol Hill Florist.

Preparing for the busy holidays for the 80th year, Capitol Hill Florist is a thriving family business located in Oklahoma City. As Poinsettias and holiday arrangements headed out the door, 3rd generation owner, Kent Whitnah spoke to The Daily Oklahoman about the history of this flower shop and how it began.

Every holiday season the family members and the 18 full time and part time staff pitch in to help. Whitnah’s mother would always say, “Many hands together, and soon the work is done.”

“Christmas has been a successful time and we’re gearing up for our busy season with Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day just around the corner.” – Kent Whitnah, owner, Capitol Hill Florist.

Kent Whitnah and his wife Cindy took over the 5,000 square foot shop from his parents, Jack and Burny, 22 years ago. In 2009, they opened a 1,200 square foot floral shop with the same quality flowers and plants, but have added an extensive selection of gifts. The new store, located at 11904 South May, is just 5 miles from the 5809 South Western location.

Although there have been many changes since 1932, all the flowers at Capitol Hill Florist are still hand arranged and hand delivered. Capitol Hill Florist is able to provide the freshest floral arrangements from the store to your door because of their 7,000 cubic foot walk-in cooler that keeps them at a perfect 35 degrees. They are also proud to offer same day delivery in the metro area when orders are made by 2 pm.

Whitnah insists that he couldn’t do it alone, and the success of the company is a direct reflection of the efforts and skills of his employees. Manager, Patty Wiggins has been with the company for 18 years and is primarily responsible for the day to day activities at the 2 shops. The entire staff at Capitol Hill Florist work together to carry on the traditions started back in 1932.

Capitol Hill Florist - Founded in 1932, Capitol Hill Florist provides same day delivery of the freshest floral arrangements and unique gifts with two locations serving the Oklahoma City metro area. Orders can be placed nationwide at 1-800-526-4852 or online at http://www.capitolhillflorist.com

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