The Salem Flower Shop was named Business of the
Year and Hans Oliver was recognized as Volunteer of
the Year at the Salem Chamber of Commerce meeting
The Salem Flower Shop, owned by Fern Reed, has
remained at the same location for over 30 years, said
chamber president Gary Phillips.
Reed owned an antique shop in Mammoth Spring in
1961, then purchased Chapel Hill Florist in 1968 but
sold the shop and moved to Salem in 1973, said Karen
McFarren, chamber secretary
Reed's son, Derry, joined the floral shop after he
attended design training school in Memphis, said
Phillips said he thought it was time to recognize the
flower shop because of the Reeds' dedication to
members of the community over the years.
He said Reed and her employees have had to work
holidays to help make arrangements for funerals and
other events. Reed has been supportive to many during
times of need, he added.
The Salem Flower Shop has been active in the
chamber for many years, he said. The shop has helped
decorate chamber banquets and special events.
Oliver received recognition as volunteer for the many
hours he donated overseeing the Salem Welcome
Oliver was instrumental in the chamber partnering with
the Salem City Council to purchase the land beside
Salem City Park which now houses the welcome
center. Once the transaction was complete Oliver
performed much of the physical labor remodeling the
Phillips said Oliver served as past chamber president
and spearheaded the chamber's drive to become
more active in promoting businesses.
Oliver is employed as manager of key accounts and
security at North Arkansas Electric Cooperative.