Grey Fox, Tecumseh Coins move into new digs
After a week of moving from their temporary home to the new Grey Fox Floral building at 125 S. Evans St., Jan and Gary Fox opened on Monday, Jan. 4. Staff, family and friends helped move the display units and washed windows and the glass shelving.
Jan was hoping to have it done in a weekend, but the amount of what needed to move from the temporary across the street required more time. “It’s still going to be a work in progress,” she said.
While thankful for the temporary location, there were many challenges for the business, including a smaller selection of product. “In our temporary location it was warm and cramped for space,” said Jan. “Now I have a walk-in cooler where all the flowers fit in comfortably. It’s been a long haul. We are excited to finally be here. It’s like starting a new job because we don’t know where everything is yet.”
In addition to flower deliveries this week, Jan is also expecting a plant delivery, and Gary has been able to expand the coins he has available in his portion of the business. According to Jan, 21 vendors have returned to the building with their items, including two original vendors who waited to return to the new location.
“I’m excited about that,” she said.
The journey from the devastating fire on April 8, 2019, to reopening in a new building has been marked by delays of all kinds. Insurance issues kept the fire damaged shell up much longer than Jan and Gary wanted, although they made sure the building was down before the 2019 Appleumpkin Festival.
Then just when construction was ready to begin, COVID-19 shut down the state for a month. “We followed the orders even though we could have opened a month earlier,” Jan said.
Although the new building in the original location is open for retail business, there is still much to accomplish. Jan and Gary continue to work with the insurance company for reimbursement of expenses from their temporary location including loss of income.
Construction continues inside the building. “Now we are working on the apartments upstairs,” said Jan.
The two apartments above the retail space are each 1,200 square feet each with two bedrooms and separate decks. Jan and Gary hope to have the apartments ready for tenants in two months.
Delays in available materials due to the pandemic have slowed down the process. “They are short in the factories and behind with shipping,” Jan said.
Cabinetry and appliances are on the to-do list for the apartments. The Foxes continue their loyalty to Tecumseh companies by keeping as much of the work local as they can.
“They have supported me and now it’s my turn to support them,” said Jan.
The ribbon cutting for Grey Fox Floral is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 15, with the location’s grand reopening festivities planned for January 16 and 17 in conjunction with the Tecumseh Ice Sculpture Festival.
For those curious to see the new building before the grand reopening, Grey Fox Floral is open regular hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. For more information visit the website at greyfoxfloral.com or call 423.3735.