> Out and About: Karen Jordan, Owner of Jordan Florist

Out and About: Karen Jordan, Owner of Jordan Florist

Out and About: Karen Jordan, Owner of Jordan Florist
Karen Jordan is the owner of Jordan Florist. It has been in business for nineteen years at its current location of 10 Palisado Ave. Prior to that, Jordan was located at 244 Bloomfield Ave., starting in 1992. They are family owned and operated. Jordan Florist is committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt.

Karen was born and raised in Windsor. Her father was with the police department for thirty-four years. She went to school at Clover St., L.P. Wilson, Sage Park, and Windsor High. Both her father and late grandmother, who had passed away before Karen was born, shared a love of florals. Her father would drive by Snelgrove's and tell his young daughter at the time, "You're gonna work there someday." It's exactly what happened. Karen started to work for Sid Snelgrove while in high school and after graduating in '75. "He was great." She explains, "I just walked into Sid's and said, 'Can I have a job?' He hired me. I started delivering. That was my first job. I was young." Aside from working with Snelgrove, she had experience with other florists in town before opening her own shop. "That way I could make mistakes on my own," Karen laughs. Although Karen did not attend college, she did go to Floral Design School in Florida for several months to hone her craft.

When she herself became a florist in her own right, she started her shop at 244 Bloomfield Ave., in 1992, a small building where Griffin TV used to operate from. That space is now occupied by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties. After seven years at Bloomfield Ave., Jordan Florist had outgrown their little shop in '99. A move was made to 10 Palisado Ave., where Case Oil had once been. The building was left vacant for two years. The owner kept after Karen's husband, Ernie to look at the building. "How can you make an oil company look pretty?" Karen gave in, finally checking out the old building. It was spacious, still smelled like oil, and had been a garage. Ernie, being a carpenter saw a lot of potential. "He had the vision." Everything was cleared. Nothing was deemed toxic, and this gave Karen a start on the new building. Over time, the Jordans decided on moving their own home. That turned out to be 2,200 sq. ft. of living space above the shop, which they are very proud of.

Her passion lies deeply in the floral industry as she marks around the mid-fortieth year in business. She notes, "I drive to Boston every Wednesday to the flower market. Four o'clock in the morning. Here by ten. I handpick all my flowers." Regarding the experience of being a florist, Karen explains. "You definitely learn on the job. It's hard work. It's very stressful because everything is timed. Weddings on time. Funerals on time. People walk in and need an arrangement. You've got to like it. You're on your feet all day. It's tough." She says with pride, "I've got a great staff. Great girls. That's important." Jordan Florist is a full service florist "It's not just cut flowers." They do a lot of funeral work. Along with the floral designs, Jordan's offers plenty of gifts, accessories, and lots of cards.

Karen loves Windsor. She's looking forward to all of the progress around town. In earlier years, she had been a member of the Windsor Junior Woman's Club. Currently, she is a Chamber of Commerce member. As a Windsorite, Karen is fond of the Asian Bistro and Tunxis Grill.

She and her husband love to go boating on their free time.

Three words that describe Karen: Optimistic. Passionate. Hard-working.


Events

Diabetic Support Group
Jun 18 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Kick-Off to Summer Art Week
Jun 18 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Evolution of Bradley Airport
Jun 19 at Windsor Historical Society
Lunch & Learn: Business Financing
Jun 19 at Hilton Garden Inn, 555 Corporate Dr
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jun 20 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Strawberry Festival
Jun 22 at Brown's Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave
Windsor Art Center Tag Sale
Jun 22 at Windsor Art Center
Call for Artists - Member Show
Jun 23 at Windsor Art Center
Keney Park PGA jr. League
Jun 23 at Keney Park Golf Course
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jun 24 at Windsor Art Center Studios
How to Hire Top Talent
Jun 24 at Wilson Branch Library, 365 Windsor Ave
Monday Morning Book Club
Jun 24 at Windsor Public Library
Summer Movie Series - Planet of the
Jun 25 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Veterans Coffee Hour
Jun 27 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Mid-20th C. Tiki Drinks & Culture!
Jun 28 at Windsor Historical Society
Christopher Martin Art Show
Jul 1 at Windsor Public Library Artspace
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 1 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Young Artist’s Watercolor Day
Jul 1 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movies Series
Jul 2 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jul 4 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Christopher Martin's Art Reception
Jul 6 at Windsor Public Library Artspace
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 8 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movie Series
Jul 9 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jul 10 at Northwest Park, Lang Rd, Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Windsor Art Center - Member Show
Jul 13 at Windsor Art Center
Windsor Garden Club Garden Tour
Jul 13 at Windsor, CT
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 15 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Diabetic Support Group
Jul 16 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Summer Movie Series
Jul 16 at Windsor Public Library
National Hot Dog Day
Jul 17 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Jul 17 at Windsor High School J113
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jul 18 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Windsor Art Center - Artist Talk
Jul 20 at Windsor Art Center
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 22 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monday Morning Book Club
Jul 22 at Windsor Public Library
Summer Movie Series
Jul 23 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Veterans Coffee Hour
Jul 25 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 29 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movie Series
Jul 30 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Photojournalist Jessica Hill Art
Aug 1 at Windsor Public Library Artspace
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Aug 1 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Aug 5 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movie Series
Aug 6 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Aug 12 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monster Madness Art Day
Aug 12 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movie Series
Aug 13 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Aug 14 at Edward Jones, Poquonock Ave, Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Aug 15 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT