Representation of Bill Shannon, Bothell florist and father to Peg Dowd, was active in community service and was noted for his sense of humor. Artist: Pat Benson
After 50 years, a Tie to the Past Leaves the Scene
On October 22, 2011 – just over a week after closing Shannon’s Flowers and Gifts – I had the extraordinary opportunity to talk with owner Peg Shannon Dowd.
Originally established in the mid-1940s and located near the Preservation Kitchen on SR 522 in Bothell, Washington, the flower shop that was to become Shannon’s Flowers and Gifts moved to historic Main Street in the early 1950s. In 1961, Bill Shannon and Peg Dowd’s father, who had a background in gift sales and department stores on the East coast, then bought and renamed the shop. Thus began a fifty-year odyssey that was to end, quite suddenly on October 12, 2011.
In the beginning, Peg remembers, her mother, a reading specialist in the Seattle School district, was the financial support of the family due to the inability of a new business owner, at that time, to draw an income for up to three years. “Now, its five years to get a paycheck, so small businesses, doesn’t matter what, face a struggle and you do need good financial support,” Peg said. Continue reading