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Linden Hills Florist also prepares planters like this one for homes and businesses. (Submitted photo)

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Schultz investigated consumers' habits and relayed this insight: "You can go anywhere and find flowers and get flowers," but personal service is harder to come by. Schultz said she shops at local flower markets every day to meet individual's wants. "It's not like you go to an FTC site and order a number, like '835,'" she explained.

Plus, Ecklund said, "(Schultz) partakes in Optimist, Rotary and YMCA and fits that all in with three kids."

Flowers, to her, are more personal than that, a simple way to brighten someone's day.

"I was shocked when they called. I didn't really expect that, so I was a little taken aback," she said.

"It is very flattering for the Richfield community to adopt me as one of their own, and think of me that way," she said.

"Just the immediate thought," Schultz said, "that someone thought you were deserving enough to receive what most people consider a luxury item really has a positive impact into someone's day and mood, and overall can change your spirit, I believe."

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adapted to a languishing economy.

Gordy Ecklund, chair of the Chamber's board of directors, said Schultz met the award criteria of showing growth and community involvement. Her shop has grown to five employees as business has expanded Linden Hills Florist operates out of a by appointment store front and sells at Linden Hills Coop.

Schultz's shop, Linden Hills Florist, which she co owns with her mother Susanne Laitala, is located about 20 Nike Metcon Narrow blocks north of Richfield, but six years ago she became involved with the Richfield Chamber through Sandra Larson, who was a tenant in the same building that houses Schultz's business. Larson co chaired a Chamber women's group, which Schultz joined. Schulz has been part of the Chamber ever since, now serving on its board of directors.

Anne Schultz owns a flower shop in south Minneapolis, but she has been taken in by the Richfield business community.

She saw a wanted in the newspaper for a florist, and with that art degree and some landscaping work in her past, decided to give it a try.

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Her path to the honor started about 13 years ago, as "kind of a fluke," she said. Schultz, who graduated from the University of Minnesota with an art degree, had been in Chicago working for "corporate America," as she put it, but returned to Minnesota, needled by the "urge to do something creative."

for us," she said.

Flower power harnessed for Richfield Chamber honor

Despite those qualifications, Schultz had no idea the Salute to Business Hall of Fame was in her future.

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She says Richfield has accepted her with open arms, even though technically, she is an outsider.

"We've made it through some really tough times in the last few years," Nike Zoom Clear Out White

"I just took off from there," Schultz said, "It was really a natural fit. I picked it up right away and have been going ever since.

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The latest evidence of this came when she was recently named to the Chamber's 2013 Small Business Hall of Fame. Schultz was honored at the Chamber's Annual Salute to Small Business luncheon Wednesday, April 24.

It comes down to smart decisions, she notes. "We've been fortunate to have made some really good educated choices, and they've worked out Nike Zoom Fit Trainers

Schultz said. But despite that, "the flower business is really great."

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