After more than seven decades in business, the Coatesville Flower Shop is still going strong, writes Greg DePedro for Western Chester County Life.
The shop was started by Carmen and Peggy DePedro, before being taken over by their son, Greg DePedro, and his wife, Dorrie, in the early 1970s.
The business soon needed to expand, so the new owners moved it from its original location across from Coatesville Towers, to its present location at the corner of Third Avenue and East Lincoln Highway.
As the years went on, the couple’s daughter, Lisa, started preparing to take over the family business.
Sadly, in 2004 she was diagnosed with cancer, and on Aug. 23 that same year, she died. On the first anniversary of her death, her parents decided to honor her by dedicating the day as a time to “Do Something Nice for Someone.” They gave everybody who came into the store a dozen roses with a simple stipulation: keep one rose and give the remaining 11 to people who could use some kindness.
Since then, “Lisa’s Roses” has become an annual celebration of their daughter’s life.
Read more about the Coatesville Flower Shop in Western Chester County Life here.