Flower and gift shop recently relocated to Wayzata Village Shoppes
Food, family, friends and flowers – this was the scene Aug. 15 at Candlelight Floral and Gifts in downtown Wayzata. The celebration marked a grand re-opening of sorts for the long-running local flower shop.
In May, the shop moved from its longtime location at the corner of Lake Street and Barry Avenue after the city approved concept plans in February for Wayzata Blu, a three-story mixed-use condo development. The project would call for the demolition of the existing commercial buildings at 259, 269 and 275 Lake Street and 339 Barry Avenue, which have long been home to Candlelight, Barbers Inn and Judd Frost Clothiers.
Barbers Inn will soon move into the new Promenade of Wayzata development and Judd Frost Clothiers is close to signing a deal for a new location on Lake Street.
Candlelight owner Lesa Fenwick said there was no doubt in her mind that the store would continue to sell fresh-cut flowers, houseplants and locally made gift items in the city.
“We definitely wanted to stay in Wayzata. It’s been here for 54 years and we have no intentions of moving it anywhere else,” Fenwick said. “When we bought the business, we knew the building was older and the family that had owned it – we knew that they would want to sell eventually. … We found a great new space that we absolutely loved, so we jumped on it.”
The shop’s new home is at 850 Lake St. E., in the Wayzata Village Shoppes.
Fenwick, 28, and her husband Colin bought Candlelight in 2015. She had worked at the shop for five years before the deal, learning the ropes and then shadowing her boss Vickie Bizek-Innes, who owned Candlelight for 43 years before handing over the reins to the Fenwicks.
“She kind of groomed me from the beginning. I think she saw something in me that she was really proud of,” Fenwick said.
Bizek-Innes said she had been open to the idea of selling the shop for years, but was waiting until the right person came along.
“It was a wonderful transition,” Bizek-Innes said. “She’s a wonderful girl.”
These days, the former shop owner keeps busy by preserving flowers out of her home.
“When a girl gets married, she’ll bring her bouquet back in and I’ll preserve it and I put it in a shadow box or in a beautiful dome or a convex glass frame so she has a keepsake from her wedding,” she said.
Bizek-Innes can also occasionally be found working at Candlelight. She lent a hand for Mothers Day orders and recently helped prepare flowers for a bar mitzvah.
“It’s fun to keep my hands in it and it’s always fun to go back because customers will walk in give me hugs and high-fives,” she said.
One of the many customers who is a regular at Candlelight is Wayzata resident Jane Hall, who first began ordering from the shop 40 years ago.
When Hall first heard about the new condo development, she didn’t worry that Candlelight would find a new home in Wayzata.
“I knew they’d find a location some place close because people are used to Candlelight Floral. This is a known place. … I was sure that they would stay in business, and I just didn’t see her going to any other community.”
For more info on Candlelight Floral visit candlelightfloral.com or call 952-473-2564.