Nancy Hausmann, owner/operator of Del Paso Boulevard Florist in Sacramento, says she knew “it was time” to slip into retirement.
And so, when she does so on Dec. 31, her pleasant little florist shop, which has been a fixture at 2431 Del Paso Blvd. for 65 years, will close its doors for good.
While the building’s future is as yet undetermined, Del Paso’s florist business will continue, merging its operations into Tower Florist at 2602 Watt Ave., in Sacramento. A recent letter to Del Paso customers explained that the shop’s phone number will ring at the Tower shop, and existing accounts will be transferred there. In addition, Shannon Eisenhuth, head designer at the Del Paso store, will transfer to Tower.
“We’ve had so many wonderful customers over the years that we wanted to make sure they were taken care of … and still had a place to go, so I’m pleased that this will work out well for them,” Hausmann said.
Hausmann said she wants to do numerous things, including travel, with her retired husband. She said owns the florist shop property – just northeast of where Del Paso Boulevard and El Camino Avenue intersect – and said there are a “lot of possibilities” for the site.
Closing the Del Paso store at the end of the month will end a run that began in 1948 with Norma Schneider, Hausmann’s mother. Schneider weathered some tough economic times and withstood competition from supermarkets and various other retail outlets. She countered by stressing a high level of customer service, which included taking orders on a special phone line in her home.
Hausmann, who took over the business in 1993, said her mother continued to come into the shop – doing helpful chores and greeting customers – right up until her death, at age 92, in August 2011. Schneider’s parents, Italian immigrants, were likewise in the floral industry, running a nursery in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Hausmann said she has some bittersweet feelings about closing the Del Paso store and heading into retirement. “It’s been wonderful, all the special occasions and holidays.… Our customers are like family.”
Del Paso Boulevard Florist will remain open through this month. More information can be seen at www.delpasoflorist.com. More details on Tower Florist are at www.towerflorist.com.