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Grant Avenue Florist Owner Growing in Another Direction

After 10 years there, Millita Walker plans to sell business and return to school.

The little shop at 1129 Grant Ave. in downtown Novato has been a florist since it first opened its doors in 1952. It still has the same phone number, a well-established clientele, and the shop still serves some of the same customers it has had since the ‘60s.  

In April, Novato Patch announced the Readers’ Choice Awards and Grant Avenue Florist was voted by readers as the No. 1 florist in town. It was also awarded second place (out of 71) in this year's A-List Awards for Best Florist and a third place for best wedding flowers in a Bay Area competition hosted by ABC7. 

Despite the recent barrage of flowery recognition, Millita Walker, the owner of the shop, is getting ready to move on. Ten years after taking the reins, Walker said she is feeling a pull in another direction. She hopes to enroll at Dominican University and study English and writing.  

Walker’s hopes may soon materialize as she says she has just received a letter of intent from an interested buyer.

“I’m really happy the interested party is a floral designer," Walker said. "This place is a Novato legacy."

Walker said she hopes the ownership transition will occur around the first of the year. The mother of a 2-year-old and an 11-year-old is keeping her fingers crossed and looking forward to the next chapter in her life.

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2MudDucks December 05, 2012 at 05:58 PM
T.Sprocket...not sure if you are still following these comments...but in response to your response....We just happen to have one of those flourishing businesses & thru our conversations with customers, we have discovered that people are driving from southern & central Marin, plus Petaluma to Novato. I know it is hard for many to believe. We are pleasantly surprised as well.
Millita Walker December 06, 2012 at 03:35 AM
I own Grant Avenue Florist! I have managed to make this business survive some of the hardest economic times that my generation has ever seen, AND we are thriving. We are definitely not going anywhere. The community has been amazing, and offered more support than I ever could have imagined. Check out our reviews on Yelp...we're doin' just fine, thanks!!! I made the personal decision to finish my education and to spend more time with my family. I know that I am an accomplished businesswoman. At 36 years old, it is time for me to see what else I can accomplish.
Millita Walker December 06, 2012 at 03:44 AM
The woman who is buying my store...just stumbled in when she came down one Saturday from Napa for lunch...it does happen, people do come to Novato... "if you build it...they will come"
Millita Walker December 06, 2012 at 06:36 PM
AND...I'll be the first to agree that Downtown Novato needs help. There are far too many vacancies. But there are sooo many new and exciting things happening as well. Let's start filling those spaces with high end tenants and create the ultimate shopping district that we need!
2MudDucks December 06, 2012 at 07:12 PM
You Go Girl! Beyond your good business sense....you are one of the most talented floral arrangers around. Your creativity will be missed! Hope the new gal is as well.


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