Flower power: As promised, the Knapp Flower Shop has replanted itself in its pre-Hurricane Ike space, 1122 45th St. on the island.
The space, which officially debuts to the public today, gives Knapp Flower Shop a walk-in and retail area, owner Nelda Knapp Engstrom reports.
Knapp Flower is a third-generation family business that has operated on the island for 87 years. Engstrom’s grandmother opened the shop in 1926 in the basement of her home in the Lost Bayou area of Galveston to supplement her husband’s broom manufacturing business.
She grew her own flowers. Engstrom’s father, Howard Knapp, delivered them on his bicycle. Later, Knapp, his wife, Christa, and sister worked in the family business until 1987, when Engstrom returned to Galveston to help. The business is in its third location since 1946. (The second location is where the entrance of Ball High School is now).
After the 45th Street building was badly damaged during Ike, which struck in September 2008, the family elected to reduce the footprint of the store by leasing out part of it. When the space became available again, Knapp Flower Shop decided to expand.
The full-service flower shop focuses on fine fresh flowers, plants and event design. It also offers nationwide delivery.
“We are returning to our roots by creating a cutting garden for our very own locally grown flowers and foliages,” Engstrom said.
Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment Saturdays. For information, call 409-763-8581 or visit www.knappflower
“We thank the Galveston community for their overwhelming support and encouragement,” Engstrom said. “Thanks also to the many employees, some of whom have given 25 plus years of service, for our continued success.”
Blossoming: In other floral news, longtime mainland shop A Creation For You Florist is under new ownership, but keeping the same name to honor former owner, the late Robin Reznicek.
Marlene GeramiAmbriz and Adrian Ambriz are new owners of A Creation For You Florist, which will remain at 819 Bayou Road.
A Creation For You Florist recently added new designer Jo Jo Sandoval,who has been featured in Weddings of Houston Magazine and on local TV stations for his arrangements.
The shop is featuring homecoming mums of all sizes, including wristlets, finger mums and garters, catering to surrounding school districts.
The shop also offers services for weddings, quinceaneras, reunions, church florals, seasonal gifts, floral baskets and funeral arrangements. For information, call 409-938-7151.
Ample supply: When it comes to breastaurants, the Clear Lake area’s cups runneth over. Houston-based Rick’s Cabaret International, the publicly traded company that owns 40 gentlemen’s clubs nationwide, said it plans to open a Bombshells restaurant on East NASA Parkway early next year.
Bombshells will feature sexy wait staff and music from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. The concept is in the genre that includes Hooters, Twin Peaks, Bone Daddy’s and others operating in the area. Stay tuned.
It’s still open: Managers of Peak Nutrition, 6187 Central City Blvd., want patrons to know the health store is open. Windows have been boarded since a driver in August suffered a seizure and crashed a pickup into the store.
Contractors are expected to soon complete repairs to the building. Until then, the store continues to sell its supplements and other products and keep regular hours.
Setting the table: Look any day now for Sal and Pina Ruggieri to debut their new downtown island eatery Trattoria La Vigna, 420 20th St. Biz Buzz couldn’t pin down and exact opening date, but sources say the soft opening of the Italian concept should commence sometime this week.
The Ruggieri family owns Lafitte’s Beat Gift Shop, 2115 Strand in the island’s downtown. But they’re no strangers to the restaurant business. The couple at one time owned Italian eateries in Baytown and La Port. Trattoria La Vigna is in the building formerly occupied by Que Cafe. Stay tuned.
Lotus position: In this time of federal furloughs and economic uncertainty, who couldn’t use some relaxation? The Yoga Haven, 2507 Market St. in the island’s downtown, invites any furloughed government employees to try any of its regularly scheduled classes and ask for the “Furlough Free” class, owner Kathleen DiNatale reports. Just as it sounds, the Furlough Free class is free to furloughed employees.
“We want people who are affected by the shutdown to use yoga as a way to relax and stay strong while they have this free time,” DiNatale said. Visit the www.theyogahaven.net for class schedules.
Scissor time: Employment agency A1 Best Staffing plans a 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. ribbon-cutting today to celebrate new offices at 6511 Stewart Road in the West Island Professional Center. Businesses are invited. Call 409-497-4031 or visit www.A1BestStaffing.com.
“We always try to persuade our local clients to interview local job candidates first, before we search further to fill their vacancies,” manager Cathy Townley-McGaughey said.
“I truly believe that our recruited candidates living in Galveston should have a fair chance at local employment.”
Look for A1 Best Staffing to expand with a mainland presence early next year.
Float the Boat: Island-based Artist Boat is planning its 10th annual Float the Boat fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Galveston Artist Residency, 2521 Ship’s Mechanic Row in the island’s downtown.
Tickets are $40 in advance ($50 at the door) and include a shrimp boil, wine tasting and live music. The event also includes art auctions and contests. The Artist Boat, a nonprofit group, promotes awareness and preservation of coastal areas and the marine environment through sciences and the arts.
Businesses and individuals are encouraged to help by becoming event sponsors, donating money, time and items for the live and silent auctions. Visit ArtistBoat.org or call 409-770-0722.