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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