Posy Pantry to change ownership

Suzanne Rutt (left) will take over the ownership of Posy Pantry Floral and Gifts from Bernie Salsman on May 31, 2013. (Wade Young Photo)

 

The flower business in Montgomery is changing hands. 
The owner of Posy Pantry Floral and Gifts has entered into an agreement to sell the business, which relocated to 206 First Street North three years ago. Bernie Salsman, who has owned it since January 2005, is working on a purchase agreement to sell it to Suzanne Rutt of Montgomery. 
Rutt explains that owning a flower shop is something she has thought of for a long time, and is excited to see it come to a realization.
“I’ve been interested in flower shops for a long time, but I seriously thought about owning one three years ago. I just didn’t know it was for sale,” she said.  
The shop employs three part-time staff members, Michelle Sladek, Lynn Wondra, and Trina Schwakopf, and Salsman said she expects the staff to remain at the shop.
The transaction is expected to be finalized by May 31, 2013, when Rutt will take ownership. She said she plans to continue the same great service people in the community are used to, then add her own touches as time goes on. 
“I am really excited to own my own business in my hometown,” she said.
Until then, Rutt has been taking floral design classes at the Minneapolis School of Flower Design, as well as helping out in the store. 
After the sale, Salsman said people will still see her in the shop. She said she will help Rutt ease into the buinsess for a couple of weeks once the transaction is finalized.