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Struggling Naples florist brings smiles in tough times, giving away flowers

Struggling Naples florist brings smiles in tough times, giving away flowers

Naples Picasso Flowers owner Patrick Beneš recalls how he and his wife gave away flowers as business became slow within the first few days of self-quarantine. Naples Daily News Even as business dried up at their floral shop in Naples, Patrick and Mirela Beneš found a way to make others smile. Their family-owned business, Naples Picasso Flowers, has taken a huge hit from the coronavirus pandemic, which left the shop with bouquets of flowers it couldn’t sell. Rather than just watch the flowers wither and die, the couple decided to start giving them away, handing them out on the streets and leaving them at doorsteps unannounced, with the spirit of love and hope of receiving donations to help keep their business going. Patrick and Mirela Beneš owners of Naples Picasso Arts and Flowers pose for a portrait, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at their flower shop in East Naples. (Photo: Jon Austria/Naples Daily News USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA) In recent weeks, the couple delivered the flowers in one-of-a-kind water buckets with designs painted by their 14-year-old son Dario and 10-year-old daughter Letizia. "I think everyone likes to have fresh flowers," Patrick said. Especially, he said, in uncertain times like these, with so many people cooped up in their homes, encouraged to "shelter in place." "We drove through streets in a radius of 2-3 miles from our shop," Patrick said. "We distributed about 200 buckets and bouquets." One of those buckets went to Patricia Koegler Del Bello, who lives on Galleon Drive. She wrote words of gratitude on the company’s Facebook page , after receiving the flowers, urging others to support the small business. ‘Will I have a job to come back to?’: COVID-19 takes its toll on Collier, Lee workforce A Facebook post by a Pat Koegler Del Bello, […]

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