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Shotwell's Celebrates 125 Years in Fargo

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Since 1888, Shotwell Floral has been a part of the Fargo community. To mark this major milestone, they're having a birthday celebration on Thursday, to thank the community for decades of support.

It all started as A.T. Shotwell Floral and Nursery Store, a small floral landscaping shop in downtown Fargo.

In 1898, the shop moved south of the N.P. railroad tracks on the northwest corner of Broadway and Main Avenue. At this time, Shotwell also built two small greenhouses on South Broadway near Island Park.

In 1908, another greenhouse was built at 13th Avenue and Eighth Street South. Additionally, Winthrop B. Shotwell, Alvin's son, joined the company as partner and the firm became Shotwell Floral Company.

In 1968, the Shotwell building on Broadway blew up in a gas explosion. Shotwell's set up temporary headquarters at 814 Main, then moved to 614 Main about a year later.

In 1972, Shotwell's opened a branch location in West Acres Shopping Center where John W. Shotwell, Jr. managed the shop. The new location was one of West Acres' inaugural stores.

In 2000, Shotwell Floral built a new greenhouse facility at 4000 40th St. S. and both the downtown location and West Acres locations were closed.

In 2011, the greenhouse and store at the corner of 13th Avenue and eight street south closed so Shotwell Floral could be consolidated to the location at 4000 40th St. S. where it sits today.

Mayor Dennis Walaker will be on hand with John and JD Shotwell to help them cut the 125th ribbon and celebrate this major achievement.

The public is also invited to join in and celebrate. Free flowers and gifts along with demos on how to tree trim, decorate outdoor tree tops and build cornucopias will all be a part of the event, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.


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