Dundalk Florist




Dundalk Florist
7233 German Hill Rd
Dundalk, MD 21222


When it comes to centennial celebrations, we think of a 100-year-old resident or a town like Essex that had turned 100, but we dont think of businesses reaching triple digits. Its rare, but Dundalk Florist Greenhouse and Gifts Inc., located at 7233 German Hill Road in Dundalk, has reached that milestone. The business started back in 1910 when farmers Mathilda and Carl Koch needed to support their nine children, so they decided to grow fresh flowers for local markets and sold cemetery fresh flowers from a roadside stand. The florist was original called M.H. Koch & Sons and August Koch, Sr. took over the business with his mother Mathilda after Carl died in 1924. The business added wedding, funeral and flowers for all occasions after it moved to a property that was used as farmland on German Hill Road in 1924, where the business is still located today. Mathilda died in 1941 and August Sr. purchased the business in its entirety from his brothers and sisters. One year later, the florist changed its name to Dundalk Florist. Not only has the business lasted over 100 years, but the Koch family has passed the business down from generation to generation. Today, Dundalk Florist is owned by August Koch, Jr. and his wife Louise, and operated by their daughters Cindy Morrison, Mary McWilliams and Lynn Hershner who are the fourth generation of the family. According to Morrison, a business must meet the community needs and change with the times. We have seen a lot change over the years. In the early 2000s, we developed our web site and had our first online order request five minutes after we launched the site, she said. Dundalk Florist supplies the community with flowers all-year-round with its multiple greenhouses that encompass over 8,500 square feet. Bedding plants, poinsettias and fall mums are among the many types of flowers available. In addition, Dundalk Florist offers more than just flowers. Inside the florist is a gift shop that provides snack, fruit and gourmet baskets. There are also candles, greeting cards, balloons, stuffed toys and a large selection of angels for sale. I dont think our great-grandmother (Mathilda) would have expected it (her business) to be around 100 years later, Hershner added. Im sure she would be very proud. While Dundalk Florist has passed the operation between generations, Dundalk Florist customers have passed the tradition of shopping at Dundalk Florist from generation to generation. We have a lot of people that come and get flowers for their kids weddings and tell us they got flowers from us for their wedding, McWilliams said with a smile. The 100th Year Celebration takes place all year long. Dundalk Florist will hold drawings throughout the year. So will Dundalk Florist be around for another 100 years? That depends on the decisions of the fifth generation.

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