- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - A florist shop that’s been serving the cities of Bloomington and Normal for more than a century is closing its doors.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that (bit.ly/1onvICO ) Washburn Flowers will close on May 31 when owner Pat Cullen retires after 38 years with the business.

Cullen started delivering flowers part-time while attending Illinois State University. Instead of getting a teaching job, he decided to stay with the flower business. He bought it in 1998.

He says being a florist “gets in your blood.” And besides, people are usually happy to see you.

Normal City Manager Mark Peterson said it’s sad to see the city’s last flower shop close. He says it’s “an institution.”

Andrew Washburn started the business in the late 1800s. The Normal location opened in 1967.

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