By Garrett Estrada
Ely Times Staff Writer
Cricket Hermansen and her mother Maureen Vaught’s flower shop, the “Flower Basket,” have been a part of many important times in people’s lives around town. Whenever there was an occasion that could use the beauty of flowers, there work was sure to be there.
“We deal with people from the time they are born, people that come back and get married, people that come for a funeral, so basically I think we do a good service to the community for providing flowers and comfort,” Hermansen said.
Since her grandparents opened the store in 1952, the “Flower Basket” has grown to be a staple in Ely. Offering arrangements to bouquets or even just a single flower for a girl for prom, Hermansen said that she gets joy from knowing that her works is used to brighten peoples day.
After doing it for over 30 years, people around town know that can always come to her, even when they don’t quite know what they are looking for.
“People come to me and say ‘I need help!’” Hermansen said with a chuckle. “I always tell them, don’t worry, we’ll help you find the right thing.”
And that specific knowledge isn’t just limited to those in town. Though her shop delivers locally and out to McGill and Ruth, Hermansen’s flowers have been transported all across the country, even venturing into Canada and Mexico, as part of the Teleflora wire service.
But even though she survived one of the busiest flower holidays of the year in Valentine’s day, Hermansen said there is a lot more to the “Flower Basket” than just sweet smelling roses and daises.
“We opened the espresso machine in 1995 to diversify our business. You have to be diverse. We also have some gift items and we rent tuxedos. So if you are getting married or headed to the prom, we have a tux for you.”
For any flower orders, contact Cricket at (775) 289-2828.