Ambler Patch: When did you open your business?
Valleygreen Flowers: 1986. Valleygreen Flowers and Gifts in Spring House is celebrating their 25th anniversary. Valleygreen is owned by the Hammond and Bergey families. Fran Hammond and Dave Bergey grew up in Oreland where they were neighbors at age seven. They have been friends for more than 50 years and now business partners for 25 years.
AP: Who is your ideal client or customer?
VGF: We are a full service flower and gift shop so our ideal customer varies greatly, from new brides, party hosts and prom attendees to people looking for the perfect gift or holiday decoration. We are a full service flower and gift shop, our ideal customer varies from one stopping on impulse for a floral bouquet to new bride, to a family or business planning a party, prom attendees or people shopping for holiday home décor or a perfect gift.
AP: What makes your business unique from others in your field?
VGF: We strive to make the designers at Valleygreen very accessible! We welcome customers to walk through our production room and see us hard at work designing beautiful arrangements and encourage them to exchange ideas with us.
AP: What made you decide to open a business?
VGF: Growing up, Fran Hammond and David Bergey worked on numerous jobs together Later in life, as second jobs, they did landscaping, Christmas decorating outdoors, and opened mall Christmas specialty shops at Plymouth and Montgomery Malls. This eventually evolved into opening a full time floral and gift shop in the Spring House Village Center in 1986. In 2007, they purchased a property on Bethlehem Pike next to First Niagara Bank which is their present location.
AP: What make’s your community special?
VGF: Even though we are located along Bethlehem Pike, a major route, we still have a small town feel. We recently teamed up with the ”I Like the Pike” movement to help promote the businesses along Bethlehem Pike. This is just one example of how we all come together to make the community a success.
AP: What’s your most popular item?
VGF: One of our most popular items are the Byer's Choice Carolers. They are popular worldwide and are handmade in Chalfont, PA. Our customers can always count on us to have the latest Carolers in stock!
AP: What are some brands that you carry?
VGF: We carry Byer's Choice Carolers, Possible Dreams Santa's, Angle Dear, From the Blue Bag and many more! Valleygreen shops the New York Gift shows twice a year to order to find unique and trendy gifts.
AP: Where can customers find your specials?
VGF: We often post promotions on our Facebook timeline (www.facebook.com/valleygreenflorist). Also, we utilize our email list to let our customers know about the latest sales and events happening at Valleygreen. Of course the old fashioned way of direct mail works too! One of the great services we provide is the reminder card. If you place an order with us for a birthday or anniversary we will mail you a postcard the following year reminding you to place your order. We have kept many customers out of the dog house with this service!
Valley Green Flowers, located at 1013 Bethlehem Pike in Spring House, is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Learn more on their website, check out their wedding planning website, and on their Facebook page.