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Wellsburg florist has new name, location

NEW MEMBER — Melissa Vojvodich, owner of the Wellsburg Flower Shop, has renamed the business the Wellsburg Floral Gallery & Gifts and moved it to 1420 Commerce St. (state Route 2). The florist was recently welcomed as a new member of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon-cutting conducted with Chamber President Errika Storch. Taking part were, from left, staff member Danielle Wallack; Madison Roble, a Brooke High School student working as an intern there; Vojvodich and Storch. (Photo by Warren Scott)

WELLSBURG — Regular visitors to the Wellsburg Flower Shop on Main Street in recent years have gotten to know Melissa Vojvodich and her love of designing an assortment of floral arrangements for a variety of occasions.

Now she hopes to meet many more area residents since moving to a new location, 1420 Commerce St., and redubbing the longtime business the Wellsburg Floral Gallery & Gifts.

Vojvodich said customers have appreciated the convenience of the new store at the former site of Spicy Gringo’s on state Route 2 while the new name reflects the creativity she applies to her product while also bringing attention to the many unique gift items offered by the business.

She sees floral design as an artform and enjoys “thinking outside the box” while customizing each arrangement to meet the customer’s needs.

A Steubenville native and Wellsburg resident, Vojvodich discovered her love for working with flowers while a student at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, where she completed the horticulture program.

She said she was fortunate to have worked with Anna Walkosky and Lucille Buffone at the Flower Box in Steubenville and Gary Blinn of My Florist in Weirton and received advice from Dave Britt, who owned the Wellsburg Flower Shop for many years.

And Vojvodich said she will follow their example by sharing her skills with local students interested in serving as interns there.

Currently Madison Roble of Brooke High School has been working with her and staff member Danielle Wallack.

Vojvodich said in addition to floral arrangements in various sizes and themes, the shop offers assorted wreaths, grave blankets and fruit and other gift baskets.

There also are a variety of scented candles, chimes, lanterns and other decorative items.

“Every week, there’s something new. We try to change it up,” said Vojvodich, who noted much of her product can be viewed on the shop’s Facebook page and its website at www.wellsburgflorist.com.

Vojvodich said she’s very concerned about the well-being of her customers so she and her staff are taking measures, including masks and handwashing, to prevent spread of the coronavirus.

Wellsburg Floral Gallery & Gifts is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For information, call (304) 737-3380.

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