OSAWATOMY – Hitomi Lamirande takes the time to stop and smell the roses.
And any other type of flower.
The owner and operator of the downtown Osawatomie florist recently rebranded the business to Hitomi’s Little Flower Shop. The rebranding initiative included a colorful new website and an equally colorful sign above the store at 570 Main Street.
Lamirande organized an open house on October 28 to announce the changes and present the makeover inside the store.
“In July 2019, a partnership between myself and Loft on Sixth LLC was formed,” Lamirande said in a Facebook post. “We decided that the company would use the name Hanaya LLC (which is Florist in Japanese by the way) dba Hanes Florist & Main Street Gifts.”
Lamirande became the sole owner of the flower shop earlier this year.
“Part of the name change is my family and I did a lot, and I decided I wanted to have something for us,” Lamirande said in a previous interview. “Osawatomie has had a flower shop for over 50 years. But I’m not part of the Hanes family and I don’t even know any Hanes.
Lamirande is the former Executive Director of the Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce and is the driving force behind the Tornado Alley Rally Soap Box Derby event in town.
Due to her past work with the chamber and other activities in the community, Lamirande said she felt well recognized.
“I feel like not everyone, but most people know who I am,” Lamirande said. “There aren’t many Hitomis running around.
Hitomi’s Little Flower Shop is a full service flower shop offering personalized arrangements, funeral arrangements, wedding arrangements, everyday arrangements, vegetable gardens, mixed planters, succulent gardens, personalized gift baskets , mixed and seasonal planters, green plants, unique gift items, and tuxedo rentals year round.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, as customers will find out by visiting the store or browsing the store’s new website – hitomislittleflowers.com – which includes dozens of photos of the store’s creations.
“I wanted to let people know that we can do a range of things other than flowers,” Lamirande said.