Faye's Flowers turns 75

For 75 years, something beautiful has been going on at Faye's Flowers.The long-time Big Spring business is celebrating its diamond anniversary this month, beginning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today and continuing with a customer appreciation day Saturday which will feature drawings and a 20 percent off sale on the store's Christmas decorations.The shop first opened its doors under the ownership of Faye Kuykendall in 1937 and has changed hands only three times since then.Mary Schuelke, who co-owns the business with her daughters, Heather Schafer and Luci Gabehart, bought the shop four years ago.“My husband had been dead for about a year, and I really felt like I needed to do something,” Schuelke said. “I talked to (former Faye's owner) Debra (Lusk) and she said she was interested in selling. Heather had worked here for years, and when I talked to her about it, she was all for the idea, so we decided to buy the shop as a family operation.”Heather, a licensed floral arranger, runs the design end of the business, while Mary, who graduated with a degree in accounting, handles the paperwork.Mary said she has felt a connection with Faye's for many years.“(Former owner) Bill Draper did the floral arrangements when I got married in 1964,” she said. “I like Big Spring — I was born and raised here — and this was just something I wanted to keep going.”Heather, who worked at Faye's as a delivery person in the early 1990s, was more than happy to quit her teaching job and return to the flower shop.“I get to do what I like all day,” she said. “I'm either making floral arrangements or I'll be back in the greenhouse. I also like that it's more physically demanding than my teaching job … and I enjoy the problem-solving aspect of the job and helping out customers.”For more information on the anniversary celebrations, call 267-2571.