Archives for September 2013

Martin’s History – the fourth generation

Bill and Marion’s children, Lynn, Debbie, Carol, Jane and Paul all worked at the family business growing up. Bill worked long hours, six days a week, so coming to the shop on Saturdays and during busy seasons gave us a chance to spend time with him. We each learned valuable lessons: how to work hard […]

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Martin’s History – the story of Bill Martin

Our story continues with the next generation of Martins. Bill took over the shop in 1950 after the death of his father. He carried on the tradition of cute live animals in the shop window, and even tried a monkey in a cage. A monkey’s not as exciting as you might think – it bit […]

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Martin’s History – the story of Gordon W. Martin

It turns out that 115 years of family and business history doesn’t fit neatly into one blog post. So today in our second instalment, we’ll look at Gordon, the person who gave our business its official name: Gordon W. Martin Florists Limited. Gordon was born in 1898, the same year our property was purchased. In […]

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Martin’s 115th Anniversary

It’s our anniversary! We have been told that Alfred Martin and his wife purchased this property in 1898. And here we are, the same family in the same place, 115 years later. Here’s a look at the greenhouses that were built by “Alfie” and family. They were market gardeners, growing a little rhubarb, some bedding […]

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Custom Funeral Designs

We have shown you some of our creative floral arrangements for funerals before, like this construction crew’s tribute and this Maltese Cross. Now we’d like to update you with some photos of our recent sympathy arrangements. The first is quite touching. The deceased gentleman was a Leafs fan, so his family wanted a Toronto Maple Leafs […]

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