Crown Heritage Flowers
It’s easy to be enchanted by Crown Heritage Flowers in Highlands Plaza.
For one thing, it’s quiet. Not a Hospital Zone kind of quiet, but a Zen-like hushed forest quiet.
And then there are the subtle colors. Lavender and cheeky pastels, setting a backdrop for little explosions of green. And a rainbow of blossoms that give the place an undeniable sunniness.
And there’s the air itself. It’s the smell of loamy earth, the kind that rises just before a sweet summer thunderstorm. That’s contrasted with the scented air of those blooms, which give out a dozen perfumed grace notes.
Then of course, at the center of everything is owner Danielle Hartsfield Chambers. A force of nature herself, she’s the animating spirit behind this supremely sensual business.
“We took over from Cosper Flowers at the first of the year with the goal to carry on the warmth and love they had for flowers into this next decade,” says Danielle. “We hope to honor that 21-year tradition by continuing to provide beautiful arrangements and gifts for every budget – we believe that luxury should be affordable for all people and that the language of love has no price. Crown Heritage is a full service operation, with customers able to purchase blooms by the stem or have our skilled floral team create them a bespoke, one of a kind flower arrangement or custom gift basket. We also do events, from private to corporate and weddings and are contracted to work with several Highlands businesses on a full-time basis.”
If that sounds ambitious, well, it is.
“My parents, David and Jessica Hartsfield, instilled in me a good work ethic and perseverance during my upbringing – both have been my biggest champions in this world,” she says. “ During my attendance at Western Carolina University, I met my now-husband Kasey Chambers, a born and bred Highlander, who taught me that something existed beyond the school.”
Meeting and falling in love with Kasey proved critical in the path that brought Danielle to Crown Heritage Flowers.
After graduating and finding her way in the fields of childcare and cloud system administration, Danielle and her husband decided that Highlands was the perfect spot to settle down.
With help from her friend Marjorie Crowe and mother-in-law Karen Chambers, Danielle learned the art and intricacies of flower arranging and floral artistry at Cosper Flowers.
“I also took the initiative to be the best florist I could be, keeping late hours as I sat up at night doing flower arrangements and practicing techniques in my living room floor.
“We now have a storefront located centrally in Highlands right beside Bryson’s Food Store featuring a plant room, a vast selection of vases, plant pots and other vessels, and gifts such as jewelry and artwork by local artists. We provide seasonally available flowers and pride ourselves on having the freshest, well-rounded stock year-round. Our store hours are from 10:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Monday through Friday; and noon to 4:00 P.M. Saturday; and closed on Sunday. For more information, call (828) 526-8671.”
by Luke Osteen