Danny and Linda Patterson, whose flower service was hailed and admired far beyond western Albemarle, quietly transferred their shop to Ken Ward and Henry Burrell Nov. 1, 2009 and are now retired.
Ward, who will handle the flower arrangement side (Burrell will handle the business side), worked for Patterson’s until he went on his own five years ago and began operating out of his house in Afton.
“We have been talking about it for quite a few years,” he said. “When the price got right, I jumped. Danny tipped his hat and bowed out gracefully.”
Couture Design—its motto is “a sustainable flower boutique”—will continue to offer the services Patterson had and the store’s staff is all staying on. The shop’s phone number is the same. Ward said they would buy from local growers, those within 100 miles, as long as the season allows and buy wholesale flowers out-of-season.
Couture Design can be reached at (434) 823-4942.