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Chamber names florist, Oliver best of year

Thursday, August 28, 2003

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

Aug. 27.

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.

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