University Florist in downtown Chapel Hill has been a family-owned business for over seventy years. For nearly six decades, collectively, Pop and I have been florists.
Pop graduated with a business degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. After completing his patriotic duty with the U.S. Army, he married my mother and bought University Florist. Then he became a father. First came my sister…then me. I’ve been sweeping floors at the shop since I could hold a broom. (I’ve become a very good sweeper!)
Despite my proficiency with a broom and the long afternoons spent helping Pop, I didn’t intend to enter the “family business.” I dreamed of becoming a drummer in a rock and roll band. However, after graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in Radio Broadcasting, I moved back to my hometown and started following Pop around in earnest, ready to put my artistic nature to work in a different capacity. Active in the local community, Pop knows everyone. Walking down the street with him can take forever as locals and transplants alike reach out to shake his hand. I’m proud to walk — and work — by his side.
Every day the staff and I get to be creative. We drink coffee. We listen to heavy metal (much to Pop’s chagrin). We are amazed by nature. Each arrangement we create carries an emotion. We observe and interpret through flowers.
My father and I were born and raised in Chapel Hill. We love our community, and we love what we do.
He is Charles House (III). I am Henry House (IV).