While I didn’t vote in the People’s Choice, I would definitely have voted Arlene’s #1 if I had. I made my first purchase at Arlene’s in May 1963 for a floral arrangement that was delivered to my mother and literally brought her to tears. After moving away, I called Arlene’s to discuss available flowers and what would fit within my budget.
Since returning to the Tri-Cities in 2008, I visited other florists, but Arlene’s remains my florist of choice as Barronelle, and her talented staff prepared arrangements. Ms. Goulet, it sounds as if YOUR opinion (TCH, May 24) is based strictly on a disagreement with her personal beliefs. Have YOU ever shopped at Arlene’s Flowers, I wonder. This award is based on the business' product offered, rather than the owner’s personal beliefs.
My personal faith has never been challenged as has Barronelle’s, and I do greatly admire her ability to stand strong with her beliefs; that is a most uncommon trait in today’s whatever-you-say world. While I admire her in that regard, I can also 100% appreciate the product she offers; as presumably did her other customers, as well as her gay customer or she’d not be in the pickle she currently is.
Barbara von Olnhausen