Blooms & Things purchased by owner of catering and events business

Vashon’s longtime floral shop, Blooms & Things, will change hands on Sept. 1, purchased by the owner of Herban Feast, Seattle’s upscale event planning, design and catering company.

Carol and Chuck Ahlfors, who owned Blooms & Things for five years, announced in May that they would retire and put their shop up for sale. It will now be purchased by islander BJ Duft, who started Herban Feast in 1999.

Duft said that he always wanted to live on Vashon and was finally able to move to the island three years ago. Herban Feast has done business in the Seattle area and on Vashon and is also a member of the Vashon Weddings and Special Events Collaborative that Ahlfors recently spearheaded.

Under Duft, the shop will be called Herban Bloom and will remain a florist. It will also sell hand-crafted decor and furniture and offer floral design services for special events both on and off the island.

The shop will be managed by islander Melody Williams, who is the manager of the West Seattle Thriftway’s floral department and has over 30 years of floral design experience.

Duft said that he hopes they will be ready to reopen the store in late fall or early winter, after some renovations are completed.

Herban Feast also recently announced that it will manage Froggsong Gardens on Vashon as a wedding and event venue.

The 3-acre Froggsong Gardens is at the home of Cindy and Steve Stockett. Their elaborate gardens have been featured on the Vashon Allied Arts Garden tour and in gardening publications. The couple  has hosted weddings and other events there. Earlier this month Herban Feast announced the property has become one of its three event venues. Its other two venues are both in Seattle.

Blooms & Things closed this month, and to kick off their retirement the Ahlfors have been vacationing in California. They plan to settle into their new home in the Renton Highlands upon their return.








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