Glacia Stalcup — a former non-profit worker with a background in psychology — wanted a career change and decided to apply for a job at Charlotte Sikes’ Flower Shop in Bangs. Sikes hired Stalcup, who worked there for some time before realizing she needed to take a different route to her dream of owning a business. Stalcup found herself writing commercials here in Brownwood for the radio, and selling advertising for the newspaper among other things.

Upon meeting her husband David, now a teacher at Coleman ISD, and getting married, Stalcup’s husband convinced her to follow her dream of owning a flower shop. She opened Cottage Flowers, then branched off and bought a 42-year standing business in Coleman, The Petal Patch. Later, after hearing Flowers by Phyllis was for sale after 42 years, Stalcup jumped at the chance to become new owner of what is now the second Petal Patch location here in Brownwood, joining the one in Coleman.

Most of the customers are aware that the traditions of Phyllis’ flower shop are still in operation: home decorating for the holidays, church get-togethers, and all that life presents a person. Stalcaup has also added a retail section to the store. Customers can purchase T-shirts, pajamas, mugs, jewelry and holiday decorations to name a few things that go along with the season and holidays.

While the staff loves all the fun events, decorating and retail, the Petal Patch wants you to know the flower shop takes care of funerals — in which some flower arrangements are done at a discount in loving memory of those passed away —weddings and all the serious steps in life that one takes with their loved ones also. They’re a business that is around to help families with important events in life.

From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the Petal Patch welcomes the neighborhood to its Christmas Welcoming Party to introduce all the new retail and flowers for the holidays. Gifts will be given away during the event at the store location on 115 E Adams St. in Brownwood. Stalcup will be there and refreshments will be on hand to toast in the holiday.