Wellesley residents will have to go about 1.5 miles further when they want to buy a pocketful of posies. Posies, the 77 Central St. full-service florist that kept vases full of flowers in so many foyers in town, closed its Wellesley location on January 31 when its lease was up, and took over the former Fran’s Flower Cafe on Route 135 in Natick, next to Town Line Liquors.
Why would anyone ever leave Wellesley? Well, it’s no secret that commercial real estate rental spaces in town command top dollar. Posies owner Margaret Becla decided not to obey the command, and when the Natick space opened up, that town’s pastures looked a little more flowery and the rent looked like it would take a little less green out of her monthly operating expenses. Uprooting during the typically dormant time between the holidays and Valentine’s day into a space that previously operated as a flower shop was a no-brainer.
If you’ve already got the business on speed-dial in preparation for Valentine’s day, no worries, Posies has kept its phone number. If you prefer to order on-line, the website remains the same as well.
Sometimes it’s tough to keep this town flowering. Posies took over the Central St. space from Kabloom in 2010. A little further down the road next to Talbots, Twig gave it a shot a couple of years ago. And over on Linden St., long-time florist Jack Payne closed its doors in 2012. Apparently, they all loved us not, and took their daisy petals elsewhere.
Winston Flowers, however, keeps its streak alive, arranging flowers at its Wellesley Square location for 21 years and counting. And as you remember from the old game, you only need one petal left to be happy.