Scant City Flower Shop owner says she’s still recovering from fire

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. - Sometimes when one door closes, another one opens.  25 years ago Louise Wright learned one Marshall County florist was closing; so she bought the closing business, reopened her own, and watched it bloom.  "I've always wanted a flower shop and that was the golden opportunity. I guess that was the way of the Lord telling me get out there and get it," says Louise Wright, owner of Scant City Flowers and Gifts.

Louise now operates her flower shop out of her home.  She says the recovery has been very tough and providing income for her and her four kids has been difficult.  "Makes me feel like I lost everything and me and the kids have just been doing the best we can."

The flower shop was more than a business. It was also a family affair.  Louise even had a playroom for when her kids would come to work with her.  "I brought them out here and they cried because of it burning down. My little girl said 'mama, it burnt my beanbags up, my tv and my movies.' She said 'that stupid fire."

Louise says she's ready to clean up what's left of the shop and move forward.  She plans to have the rest of the building torn down to begin the rebuild.  Although it was an unfortunate occurrence, Louise is still optimistic about whats to come.  "I just praise the Lord nobody was hurt, and I just thank God that I'm getting a new shop."