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Pierson's Flower Shop and Greenhouses in Cedar Rapids is ringing in its 90th holiday shopping season

“With our greenhouses filled with thousands of poinsettias, it really is a colorful sight,” Allan Pierson says. (Courtesy Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance)
“With our greenhouses filled with thousands of poinsettias, it really is a colorful sight,” Allan Pierson says. (Courtesy Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance)

It’s beginning to look — and smell — like Christmas at Pierson’s Flower Shop and Greenhouses in Cedar Rapids.

“Our staff enjoys the colors and scents of Christmas by helping customers decorate their homes and helping fulfill gift lists,” owner Allan Pierson said.

“With our greenhouses filled with thousands of poinsettias, it really is a colorful sight and combined with the scent of evergreens and flowers it is a festive time.”

Shoppers drop in early in the holiday season to gather decorating ideas for home and office, Pierson said.

“We are doing a lot of porch pots with fresh evergreens, birch logs, berries, birch branches and pine cones,” he added. “Fresh evergreen wreaths, swags and boughs are also customer favorites.”

Through December, he estimates his staff will make some 2,000 gift deliveries.

Pierson’s — with two locations, including the original shop and greenhouses on Ellis Boulevard and a new store on Blairs Ferry Road NE — also spends the last two weeks of November and the first two weeks of December delivering most of their poinsettias to homes and businesses.

“We grow and sell over 4,000 poinsettias each year,” he said.

Pierson’s, founded in 1928 by Allan’s grandparents, is marking its 90th anniversary this weekend with an open house Saturday and Sunday, featuring special prices on certain items.

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