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New digs allows Main Street Floral expansion

Kendra and Audrey Hofman work together in the new home for Main Street Floral in the 300 block of Ripon’s main downtown thoroughfare. Audrey, left, is the bookkeeper and Kendra is the florist.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED April 24, 2013 2:20 a.m.

Main Street Floral has long been established in Ripon’s downtown business community.

Its move across the street to the remodeled Ripon Pharmacy building has created a new beginning for the shop run by sisters-in-law Kendra and Audrey Hofman.

The December move from its original frame residential structure of some 600 square feet has seen a growth to 2,500 square feet in their new home with room for added businesses in the rear.

Kendra said her shop makes use of the Teleflora system, adding that it is always good to call a local florist direct to avoid the additional fees. 

Kendra has a degree in Art History from Stanislaus State and Audrey is a graduate of Cal Poly San Louis Obispo.  The flower shop is definitely a family business with Kendra taking care of the flowers and Audrey handling the accounting duties. 

The shop offers a variety of gifts in its spacious quarters complete with home décor along with lotions and candles where they have relished greater foot traffic coming into the store compared to being in the former house location. 

“We’re trying to fill the gap that was left by Ripon Drug’s gift shop,” Kendra quipped.  “It’s nicer for people to shop in town rather than going to Modesto.”

They said they have quite a number of Bethany Home customers coming through the front door – some after having their eyes examined at the doctor’s office across the street.  There has been one loyal senior citizen customer who continually visits the shop and buys flowers for her friends.

Kendra graduated from Ripon Christian Schools and Audrey came to Ripon from Tulare after meeting her future husband Jason in College in San Luis Obispo.

On the walls of the shop are a number of wooden plaques with words of wisdom for customers to purchase and take home.  Looking at several, they read:

“Faith Makes Things Possible … Not Easy!”

“I Wonder Sometimes if We Ever Give God a Headache.”

“BEHAVE!  What happens today is on Facebook tomorrow.”

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