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Flower Shop Blooming Again After Katrina

A nearly 60-year-old flower shop shut down by Katrina is now blossoming once again.

The late Kay Carron opened Kay's Flowers in 1947. Sisters, Mary and Theresa Thompson, spent decades working for Carron before buying the business eight years ago. After Katrina, the Thompson sisters decided not to let the East Biloxi icon close for good and managed to get back in business earlier this month.

When he needed a birthday bouquet for his wife, Jesse Richmond turned to an old familiar friend for help.

"I've been coming here for 25 or 30 years," said Richmond. "There's other florists, but this is convenient for me."

It's because of the dedication of long time customers like Richmond that Theresa and Mary Thompson say they not only reopened Kay's Flowers after Katrina, but also stayed in the East Biloxi neighborhood.

Theresa Thompson said, "We've always lived in East Biloxi. We were born and raised on this end of town. We've been here for 25 years and it just meant a lot to come back to this part of town."

Getting back in business hasn't been all roses. The building lost its roof in the storm.

"It was kind of grim there for awhile just getting everything back together, because we did lose our homes and everything too. But we finally got it back together."

The Thompson sisters began working at the shop under their mentor, Kay Carron, 26 years ago. Now that they own the shop. They say they wanted continue the business in her memory.

"Keep Miss Kay's name out there," said Theresa Thompson. "We have customers that come in and say, 'I came here when I was in high school.' Now there coming in and getting their kids and grandkids corsages for prom. So the name has been out there and been around for a long time."

Kay's Flowers is still on the corner of Howard Avenue and Main Street. The Thompsons say because of storm damage, the shop relocated to a different part of the building.

By Danielle Thomas

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