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Wayne florist had to shut down her business, but her heart is in full bloom

Wayne florist had to shut down her business, but her heart is in full bloom

Dayna Montaina, owner of Blooms of Wayne, was forced to close her shop during the COVID-19 outbreak. Instead of letting the flowers go to waste, Montaina has been delivering a single flower on Wayne residents’ doorsteps or mailboxes with a handwritten note. NorthJersey.com WAYNE — Dayna Montaina has something that she would like to say. This bud is for you. The local florist has spent hours emptying her shop’s walk-in refrigerators of carnations, daisies and roses, and delivering them — one at a time — to random homes around the township. Each stem has a care tag, with a handwritten note, wrapped around it. Dayna Montaina, owner of Blooms of Wayne, walks along Chestnut Drive to deliver flowers to residents on March 31. (Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com) Montaina was forced to close her shop last month under an executive order by Gov. Phil Murphy that shut down non-essential retail businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic. If arranged in baskets and bouquets, the flowers she has been giving away would fetch thousands of dollars, she said. "You can fall into despair, or you can rise above it," said Montaina, who owns Blooms of Wayne on Hamburg Turnpike. "If I had to be closed, there was no reason why I couldn’t take that time to try to do something for other people." Montaina hit about six dozen homes on side streets, off Ratzer Road, during Tuesday afternoon’s delivery. Residents of Beechwood and Chestnut drives found red roses on their front stoops, or carefully placed on their mailboxes. Story continues below the gallery She poked some of the stems through tight curls of wrought-iron porch railings. "You just hope that one flower falls on the person that day who needs it the most," said Montaina, 48, a township native. She graduated from Wayne […]

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