A Stowmarket flower shop which was hit by a bus just two days before Valentine’s Day is back in business after a nine-month overhaul.
On February 12, a single-decker First bus crashed into Edelweiss florists while the driver went to pick up a newspaper, causing huge structural as well as cosmetic damage to the store.
Owner Isabel Wilton said although the effect of the crash was devastating, she still managed to fulfil all her Valentine’s Day orders.
“It has taken nine months to repair it,” she said. “It has been a very challenging time.
“We had serious structural damage plus it’s a listed building.
“The whole of the front had to be completely taken out after the crash - it was a huge job.
“It happened just two days before Valentine’s Day, in fact there were 1,500 red roses waiting to be delivered that morning.
“We still had more than 200 deliveries to make for Valentine’s but we managed it.
“We have three very important times of the year as a florist- Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Christmas.
“It would have been a complete disaster if we were not able to open for Christmas this year.”
Isabel moved her business across the road to Noble and White, a gift shop she started eight years ago, while Edelweiss was rebuilt.
She said the refurbishment of the shop had given her time to take a better look at the business as a whole.
“This time we have been doing a lot different,” she said.
“It has been a great learning curve - I’ve certainly learnt a lot about insurance!
“It has made me think very carefully about the business and about the service we give to customers.”
On Boxing Day, Isabel will celebrate the 45th anniversary of opening the shop.