Petals & Vines opens in new home



MONMOUTH — Petals & Vines has moved to the old Amanda’s Closet location, 410 E. Main St., in downtown Monmouth.   For owner Maggie Triplett, the new location is ideal for a couple of reasons.   “It is a great retail space, and parking is better here,” she said.   Petals & Vines was formerly located at 173 Main St. W.   Triplett’s main business is flowers, but she also sells gifts people can grab quickly for a birthday or other occasion. A stroll through the business reveals cards, napkins, candles and balloons, as well as cosmetics, lotions and soaps.   “We like to have gifts for people to grab for birthdays and stuff,” Triplett said. “I try to keep it as local as I can, made in Oregon where I can.”   Petals & Vines also carries Cherry Country chocolates for the sweet tooth, a variety of plush animals, and an array of stationary products from the seven-year pen to notepads and journals to scrapbooking supplies.   She said business owners have to do their part to encourage people to shop locally.   “You don’t have to drive to Salem,” she said. “Shop local, but we have to provide those opportunities to shop local.”   Triplett has always loved flowers.   “I love to work with colors and textures,” she said, “but I also enjoy being part of the community. I’m part of their lives; I know what they’re celebrating, happy or sad.”   Petals & Vines will deliver to just about anywhere, Triplett said. She also will go shopping for special gift and gourmet baskets — including all of a student’s favorite junk foods.   “Parents sometimes want to send big baskets for their kids to eat while studying for finals,” she said. “We do a lot of things with the college. They’re very supportive.”   Triplett’s new location has space for consultations on weddings and funerals, she said.   It also will allow her to hold community floral arranging classes. Follow Petals & Vines on Facebook for details on those.   The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information: 503-838-1773.



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