Ready or not, Ann Perfett and Polly Weiler didn’t wait long to see their new floral and gift shop get busy.
Perfett, helped out by her son, Jake, and Weiler, were almost immediately overwhelmed after opening Junction Ave. Floral & Gifts in Sturgis in early April and just before three of the busiest times of the year for a florist — high school prom, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.
“We didn’t have a lot of time to breath and still don’t,” said Perfett, who purchased the shop, formerly called Flowers By Rose, at 1240 Junction Ave.
One of the first steps was to remove the remnants of a huge tree out front. The old tree had “Flowers By Rose” ornately carved into it and had been painted colorfully to match the historic building, known as Allen House.
The large carved tree and brightly-hued building had become something of a landmark on Sturgis' Junction Avenue, but with the sale of the business and subsequent name change for starters the tree had to go, Perfett said.
“It was kind of a liability. It was cracked and it was starting to rot,” she said. “Some people really liked it and some really hated it.”
Perfett and her husband operated a painting and cleaning business in Sturgis after moving from North Dakota three or fours years ago. She and a friend also owned a gift shop doing silk floral arrangements in Medora and Dickinson, N.D.
At her new shop, she has added a line of gifts, including hand-tooled leather goods by +V (Plus V) Leather & Crafts of North Dakota, Bloomin’ Chocolates of Newell, Ladybug Blessings bath and body products, and Baxter Bears.
Perfett and Weiler are gratified by help from other experienced florists who volunteered during the busy holidays, along with the support from many of the shop’s long-time customers.
“Those are the miracles that walked in the door to help us, all the support from the community, people wishing us well,” Weiler said.
“It’s been here for a long time and people didn’t want it to close,” Perfett said.
New coffee house
The Mill Iron Coffee House started serving hot beverages and savory treats on June 2 at the corner of Laurel and Sherman streets in Whitewood.
Owner Marla Loken moved to South Dakota in 1985, but it would be 37 years before she would open her first business named after the small town close to where she grew up in Mill Iron, Montana.
“I made sure to run the name past my four kids first, and they all thought it was great,” Loken said.
In addition to serving specialty coffees and desserts (including a brownie recipes she calls Mill Iron Mud Bars) Loken’s shop features indoor and outdoor customer seating, a drive-up window and a meeting room that can seat up to 20 people.
Mill Iron Coffee House is located at 1338 Laurel St. in Whitewood. Call 605-717-1771 for more information.
Becker’s Hospital Review has recognized Black Hills Surgical Hospital among the overall best physician-owned hospitals.
According to a release, the recognition is based on recommendations by patients based on the quality of care they received. BHSH is listed as fifth best (tied) in the nation with a 93 percent rating from patients, more than 20 percentage points higher than the national average.
“We are very proud that our staff continues to excel in providing quality patient care. To be ranked 5th in the nation for physician-owned hospitals is a tremendous honor,” Bill May, Black Hills Surgical Hospital CEO, said in the release.
Becker’s Hospital Review evaluated nearly 4,000 hospitals that submitted at least 100 patient experience surveys to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from July of 2015 through March of 2016, the latest data available. BHSH was also ranked sixth in the nation for patient satisfaction and sixth for quality care and service based on CMS patient survey responses.
Of the 57 hospitals ranked, 38 are physician-owned, the release noted.