WARRENSBURG An enterprise that was launched by a local woman during the recent economic downturn — yet has enjoyed considerable success — has been awarded as “Business of the Year” by the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce.
Rebecca Witz Swan, owner of Rebecca’s Florist & Country Store at 3703 Main St., will be honored by the Chamber at an awards dinner Thursday June 14.
Chamber officials said this week they chose Rebecca’s Florist for the annual award because area residents appreciate how she took a vacant commercial property and launched a business in May 2010 with eye-catching appeal — as well as adding a vibrant new enterprise to the town’s commercial scene.
This week as Swan worked on an arrangement, her daughter Kristen Witz-Mosher talked of how her mother achieved such fast success despite a competitive and challenging business environment.
“It’s a matter of long hours and dedication,” Witz-Mosher said, noting that the enterprise has gained a large number of clients in just two years. “My mom is here night and day, always working to meet the customers’ needs and making them happy.”
Swan had gained considerable experience working for 24 years in the floral department of Queensbury Price Chopper. She and a co-worker had established the department, the first-ever for the grocery chain, she said.
“I always wanted to get out on my own,” Swan said June 8 as she finished up an arrangement this week for a customer of Rebecca’s Florist.
Swan and her staff design arrangements for weddings, funerals, holidays, and all other occasions. Her work has drawn clients from a wide region — as far south as Saratoga and as far north as Indian Lake, according to Robin Fifield of Warrensburg, an experienced florist who has been Swan’s employee since November.
Clients of Rebecca’s Florist can order in person, by phone or off their website, www.beckysbloomers.com, Swan said. Delivery is also available.