Many local businesses provide needed and wanted services to their community. To the residents of Hamlin, Paula’s Bloom Room is one such business, especially to those that have lost loved ones and rely on them for the flower arrangements to commemorate them.
But, there is often even more to the story than just the services that a business provides, a story that speaks to the bonds in small town that support and encourage businesses like Paula’s Bloom Room to exist.
When I spoke to Paula Adkins recently, the joy that she gets from her work was the first thing to come though. How she loves what she does, and helping to comfort people when needed, how she can lose track of the days being at her business.
Paula’s Bloom Room open in October of 2016, now being about two years old. Paula had just moved back to Hamlin shortly before this from Charleston, South Carolina. She had been through a tough divorce and wanted to return home to where she was from. It was tough, working three jobs to make ends meet, with no car and little money.
Paula had much experience working as a florist, having done so in South Carolina, and Hamlin had no flower shop but an active funeral home in need of this work. But, still, Paula had little budget to think of starting a small business…