The Rose Shop owner karen kordzik takes inventory of surplus fresh flowers as events are being cancelled. On any normal Friday afternoon, Karen Kordzick, owner of The Rose Shop, would have been running low on fresh flowers for the week, but this wasn’t any normal Friday. Amid the state-mandated closures and limitations of public gatherings, Kordzik, like many local business owners, has instantly seen a massive reduction in business. “We were providing the flowers for a large wedding this weekend. The family was planning on still trying to have the ceremony, but then on Thursday, the Governor made his announcement and they had to cancel,” Kordzik said. Kordzik said last week’s cancellation is only the beginning of her concerns. “We will be trying to work out the details on all our other events, but we know many of them are going to be cancelled,” Kordzik said. In addition, Kordzik said, getting product delivered is also proving to be challenging. “The products coming in from California and out of the country might not be able to get here,” Kordzik said. “So some of the items customers want just may not happen. So if couples get to have their weddings at all, it’s just so limited.” Kordzik said floral wholesalers and farmers are still working, but the trucking industry is overwhelmed, which is hampering product availability. Kordzik said she has seen some difficult times in the past, such as the economic recession in 2008, but has never experienced anything like the current atmosphere. “That (2008) was kind of a slow-down for us, but we survived through all of that, but with this, you can only take everything day-by-day,” Kordzik said. “We’ve been getting orders, so that is good, but nothing like it should be.” The closure of open church services directly […]