By Abby Johnson
For more than seven decades, Steuber Florist and Greenhouses, 2654 W. 111th St., has been providing the community with beautifully cut floral arrangements and plants for homes and gardens. The business, which has been family owned and operated since 1943, celebrates its 75th anniversary this month.
Scot Steuber is the store’s current owner and the third generation to run the business. He said today’s customer base is different from that which his grandmother and grandfather served in the early 1940s.
“At the time, our customer base was primarily for cemetery decorations, due to the fact that the streetcar line ended nearby,” Steuber said. “It was more common in those days to honor loved ones with fresh cut flowers and grave plantings.”
Today, Steuber continues his family tradition of growing quality bedding plants and poinsettias. Since 1990, the business has worked to expand the fresh flower business. While some flowers are shipped to Steuber from other parts of the world, the business also grows an abundance of plants in its own greenhouse.
“Almost everything you find at Steuber’s is grown onsite,” Steuber said. “We get a lot of our plants from plugs that are already rooted. Like our tomato plants, begonias and petunias.”
Cultivating plants directly from seeds is unusual these days, and it’s what sets Steuber’s apart from other area floral centers. While growing seeds is relatively cheap, the process can be quite lengthy, Steuber said. It takes a while to germinate the seeds and grow them into plants that customers can easily be transplanted in gardens, he said.
Along with beautiful floral arrangements, Steuber Florist and Greehouses is known for exceptional customer service with daily floral deliveries to local funeral home and hospitals.
“Along with our staff, we pride ourselves in providing exquisite floral designs for every occasion and keeping up with the ever-expanding trends in all aspects of the floral industry,” Steuber said.
The business is also known for its the dedication to the neighborhood. Steuber has for many years donated floral pieces for BAPA’s Home Tour and for the past two years, has been the exclusive floral sponsor of the tour. Last month, the business donated plants along 99th and 103rd Streets during for the Sip and Shop.
Steuber Florist and Greenhouses is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mon. through Sat.