Gladys Wise, owner of Skippers of Savannah Florist &Gifts
51 Johnny Mercer Blvd.
“The other half—Gary.” And sons Gordon and Courtenay
how long in business
We’ve been doing this about 35 years. My sister, Mary Opry, and I do this.
I worked in a nursery, working with plants and this just evolved. Flowers and gifts — they just go hand and hand. I sell a lot of antiques — collectibles and used merchandise.
When I was in my 20s, I used to buy and sell antiques to dealers. So I always had a love for antiques and collectibles.
And the floral business is very rewarding. You have the trust of doing things for someone. We’re realistic of our expectations and we go the extra mile for getting things right. Every order is personal. We don’t do production lines.
In order to appreciate the good days, you have to have bad days.
I would say one thing we like doing are the small, intimate weddings.
Right now we’re moving our business. We’re moving to our original building. It feels like it’s right. We’ll have 4000 square feet. We have had 1700.
Also I have eight buildings (on her property.) I’m hoping to have a complex here of things that feed off of each other. I might have a deli here. And a health space. I have a tenant that has a beauty shop and there’s a personal training business. Retail items and service business is what we really want to do. We hope to be in our building with a grand reopening and a Christmas open house on Oct. 14.
I have good luck. I have a guardian angel that only guards me.
tips for other businesses
Make a budget and stick to it. And the economy has changed. You have to be able to change with the economy, adjust to the economy, make sure you do something different.
what to avoid
Over-promising. Promising to do things you don’t really want to do or you’re not equipped to do. And my biggest thing—don’t let yourself get caught in the moment and not be realistic.
why Savannah works for you
I’ve lived here all my life. I know a lot of people. I have dealt with a lot of people who know I can be trusted, depended on
To always be able to work with the local people and provide the service that we’ve provided for thirty-five years.
Number: (912) 897-6055
Web site: www.skippersofsavannah.com. Also on Facebook and Pinterest
— Lanie Peterson