Marilyn Reuter has been a May Court supporter for many, many years. Let me give you some background on exactly how she became such a fan.
Marilyn and her sister, Marie Belcourt, opened their first flower shop called “Flowers & Sense” as a fortieth birthday present for Marilyn. They were at their first location on Wellington St. W. when Laurie Lamb asked the girls in October to go together to decorate a house for Homes for the Holidays …they had only a month to work, but they did it! It was so successful that Laurie called on them the next year too.
Marilyn got really familiar with May Court when she was a guest speaker giving a demonstration of themed table settings. She sat in on one of our general meetings and was so impressed with where our funds went and how readily we agreed to support some individual needs. That solidified Marilyn’s association with May Court. She has worked as a florist for Homes for the Holidays ever since.
After six years the lease was up on their very small Wellington location so “Flowers & Sense” moved to the Simcoe Plaza on Blake St. Over the next five years the two women realized that the flower business was changing drastically. Big box stores and grocery stores were selling flowers for every day occasions as well as for larger events such as weddings. A traditional floral shop could not compete. They knew when their lease came up again that big decisions needed to be made. Marie, after many years working as a florist, decided to make a complete change and move on to her new career in property investment and management. Marilyn was still undecided. She was advised by her daughter to run a specialized flower studio catering mostly to weddings and event trade and luckily, since this was her favorite part of being a designer, it worked! A new garage went up as a studio behind her house which Marilyn called , “Nineteen Melrose Flower Studio”. She now works fewer hours (not the definitive 9-5), gets to work on more creative projects and has the freedom to pursue more things in life. With her phone and her notebook she can conduct business anywhere …even at the cottage or on vacation. Marilyn can now give her undivided attention to 50-60 weddings a year and all those very special, artistic arrangements.
Marilyn is constantly expanding her creative skills. She attends several conferences and workshops yearly featuring some of the world’s best designers. Just this month she will attend a Niagara Floral Association Conference where she will exchange ideas with other florists and take part in a workshop given by a Belgian florist, Francoise Weeks. Next month, at a workshop inToronto, a premier US wedding designer, Loann Burke, will be featured. To exercise her brain and maintain her creativity Marilyn, who attended Georgian College to study Fine Arts, has taken courses at the MacLaren and experimented with glass on glass collages and mixed media layering art. She loves taking found objects and making something beautiful out of them.
Marilyn is a staunch advocate of our club and we just want to say thanks for all she has done year after year to help make Homes for the Holidays such a success. You will always be pleased with any gorgeous floral arrangement you order for weddings, corporate events and charity galas. Call Marilyn Ruyter, “Nineteen Melrose Flower Studio”, 705-733-3355.