Kathy Jacobson, owner of Bloom ‘N’ Crafts, and Debbie White, owner of Dakota Rose Floral, both of Valley City, started working in the floral industry together in the 1970s for Carol Jacobson at CJ Floral. Since that time, both women have independently run successful floral businesses, and now, they meet again, only, this time, White is buying Jacobson’s business.
White has bought all of Jacobson’s inventory, including her crafts, and will operate the business at the Dakota Rose location starting Oct. 1.
“It’s like we kind of came full circle,” Jacobson said.
Jacobson’s last day of business will be Friday, when she’ll serve coffee and cookies all day for her customers.
Jacobson’s two employees will transfer to Dakota Rose Floral where they’ll work.
“I’ll carry on the same quality and customer service as Kathy has,” White said.
Due to the increase in inventory, White is looking at relocating her business in the future.
Jacobson started working at CJ Floral in 1974, and White started in 1976. They worked there together for a couple years before Jacobson moved to Jamestown for a while.
“(Kathy) taught me in the beginning,” White said.
Bloom ‘N’ Crafts opened as a craft store in September 1981. Gloria Glandt and Joanne Bear had operated the business, and Bear sold her part of the business to Jacobson and her mother Mary Gulmon, where the two of them and Glandt operated the business together.
That’s when they started the floral services.
“The flower shop end grew so fast that we couldn’t keep up so the craft part faded out,” Jacobson said.
Recently, though, the staff at Bloom ‘N’ Crafts had gotten back to the crafty side of things, where they’ve been selling finished products.
Eventually, Glandt and Bear retired and Jacobson has been operating the business herself with her employees.
White continued to work for CJ Floral until she bought the business in 1989 and changed it to Dakota Rose Floral.
More than 30 years after the doors opened at Bloom ‘N’ Crafts, Jacobson has decided to retire.
She plans to spend some time with her grandchildren now that she’ll have more time off.