Shoppes at Occasions introduces The Flower Shop and Personalize This!

Jaska Russell is joined by Mayor Kenneth Wilber, members of the Portland Chamber of Commerce, and staff as they celebrate the grand opening of The Flower Shop and Personalize This!, which join the other shops Russell owns to form the Shoppes at Occasions. (Leader photo/Sonya Thompson)

The Shoppes at Occasions have celebrated the grand opening of The Flower Shop and Personalize This!, located adjacent to Occasions Too! at 202 North Broadway.

Jaska Russell is the driving force behind the Shops at Occasions, having started with the unique boutique Occasions and 5 Chefs Restaurant. In 2010 she and her aunt, Maurelle Cline, opened Occasions Too!, which features consignment items varying from vintage furniture, to shabby chic furniture that has been re-purposed and given new life.

The Flower Shop and Personalize This! share the building with Occasions Too!, but in the adjacent suite. A simple drive past the building will undoubtedly have you craning your neck as the windows have been decorated with Christmas fashion from trees to a decorated mantel piece. And once you walk through the doors, buyers will be delighted by the unique gift items waiting to be monogrammed, not to mention the floral section where fresh floral arrangements can be purchased from the display/cooler or ordered for your specific occasion.

Personalize This! specializes in unique gifts that can be monogrammed on site. From gifts for a newborn, to wall art, your items can be personalized with names, dates, initials. Items bought at the store are monogrammed for free, but they do offer monogramming for a fee for items brought in.

"We have been very pleased at the support we have received," Russell said about the grand opening of the two new stores.

The Flower Shop is managed by Carole Lee, who is assisted by floral designer Dawn White. Their hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. They can be reached by calling (615) 922-8940 or (615) 922-8941.

Personalize This! is managed by Crystal Duggan and store hours are the same as The Flower Shop. They can be reached by calling (615) 906-7770 or by email at personalize_this@yahoo.com.

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