Annette Lear and Mimi Merrow of Mimi’s Flowers in Seaside. The store is closing after 28 years.

Mimi’s Flowers is closing April 15 after 28 years on U.S. Highway 101 at Avenue S in Seaside.

“The adventure that started in Michigan with my husband, Warren, in 1988 has been a life changing, challenging and a rewarding experience, owner Mimi Merrow said. “I will never forget the respect this community has given me and my family.”

Merrow will move to be with her children and grandchildren in Portland.

“The community’s acceptance and the friendships we have fostered throughout the last 28 years in business will continue to be remembered and cherished long after we’re closed,” Merrow said.

Employee Annette Lear will also be leaving. The former neighbors met when Lear’s daughter broke Merrow’s window playing basketball. They’ve been working together since the beginning, in 1993, Lear said.

Customers and friends are invited to stop by and give well-wishes to staff.

“Thank you for making us feel welcome,” Merrow said.

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