By Carlee Frank
To English-speakers they are flowers, to the Japanese they are furawāzu and to the Danish they are blomster –but to everyone, they are beautiful. Flowers signify the seasons, remind us of nature and can light up any room. They are appropriate for any event, or simply to say ‘I love you.’
S&N/Eileen’s Flower and Gift Shoppe at 29 North Cascade Drive is well versed in the language of flowers.
Originally opened by Eileen and Ed Clark some years before, the flower shop was purchased by Marian Nunweiler in 1966 and moved to its current location. Over the years, the shop has changed and grown, and now they design bouquets, wreaths and many other flower creations, along with fruit and gourmet baskets. The gift shop sells plants, balloons and local honey and chocolates.
Nunweiler runs the shop with her daughter and lead designer, Diane Klingensmith. Klingensmith was in sixth grade when her mother began work in the flower industry.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I was a kid, but after we got into the flower business, I enjoyed it so much, so mom would let me dabble with flowers –broken or older flowers –and that’s how I learned,” Klingensmith said.
While her father, and Marian’s husband, was alive, he worked out of the building as well, doing lawn mower repairs, saw sharpening and landscaping. He also helped with the Hospice Buffalo Spring Bouquet Sale every year, and before he passed away in 1999, he made sure the tradition would continue.
“I kept my promise –I said I would do it, and I have,” Klingensmith said. “I had the help of this wonderful community to make sure that we got it done for my dad.”
This year, the flower sale is March 7-10. Bouquets can be purchased at S&N/Eileen’s Flower and Gift Shoppe for $8, or community members can order tribute bouquets for $30. The proceeds will support Hospice Buffalo and The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care. Klingensmith and Nunweiler urge people to participate in this year’s sale because, they said, it is such a wonderful and worthwhile organization. The bouquets will also be available for pick up at locations such as the Concord Town Hall Clerk’s Office, Cozy Corner and Root 39 Salon & Spa.
In addition to the sale, the mother and daughter team said they usually have over 1,000 flowers on the premises at all times. They sell lilies, irises, tulips, roses and sunflowers, just to name a few. They are stocked by wholesalers out of Buffalo, who harvest flowers from all over the world.
“It could be from California, Florida, South America, Mexico and some stuff even comes from Holland and the Netherlands –like the bulb flowers,” Klingensmith said.
Depending on the growing season in each country, including the United States, flower availability varies. Currently, customers can purchase tulips and irises –classic spring flowers –even though snow is still in the WNY forecast.
No matter the flowers, Klingensmith and Nunweiler said they add their personal touch to each arrangement. They pull in beautiful colors, textures and also decorate with greenery and foliage such as magnolia leaves, ferns and eucalyptus.
“We can create beauty for any occasion and flowers are one of God’s creations,” Klingensmith said. “What would we do without flowers?”
Visit or call the shop to order your very own bouquet, or order online with their FTD and Teleflora websites: www.sneileensflowers.com and www.sneileensflorist.com, respectively.
They are open every weekday but Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. to noon and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.