MONMOUTH -- Dwight and Maggie Triplett traveled much of the globe during the past 30 years, living in Chicago, Colorado, the Orient and a few points in between.
But now they've decided to set down some roots right here in Monmouth -- both literally and figuratively.
Maggie Triplett plans to open Petals & Vines, a flower and gift business, sometime during the middle of April. Offerings will include fresh flowers and plants, silk and dried flowers, balloons, greeting cards, personalized printed napkins and gifts for all ages. Wedding and funeral service items also will be available.
"I received my floral training in the suburbs of Chicago," Maggie Triplett said. "I worked in a flower shop in Chicago for six years, and I ran a wedding business out of my home in Colorado. That's my real hobby. That's what I love.
"It's my creativity. It comes from the soul. It's my joy. It's what I love, the color and the rhythms and the combinations of the ways they come together. I love making people happy in their weddings and sharing in their excitement. Nothing gives me more pleasure than handing that bride her bouquet."
During her time in the Orient, Triplett studied Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement.
"It gives me a sense of balance and rhythm, working with the line of the arrangement," she said.
Petals & Vines will be located at 174 Main Street W. Business hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The phone number is 503-838-1773, and a web site (www.petalsandvinesflorist.com) is expected to be up and running soon.
One of the Triplett's daughters, Sarah Layman, will be the business' bookkeeper. Another, Martha Zuck, will join the staff in June to help Mom with day-to-day operations.
"I look forward to being in this community," Triplett said. "People have been so warm and welcoming to me. I'm glad to be here."