Medina Journal-Register — One long-running downtown Medina business welcomed a new owner on Monday.
Mark Merithew, the new man in charge at Apple Blossom Florist, is not entirely new to the area. A resident of Kent, he has lived in a number of places up and down the East Coast, most recently Virginia. He also has direct ties to the area in his sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Reinhard Rogowski. The Rogoskis are the owners of Medina’s Historic Bed and Breakfast.
During his frequent visits to the area, Merithew noticed the sense of community his siblings felt, and he realized it was something he wanted in his life.
“I’ve never felt that kind of sense of community before,” he explained. “Without doing extensive market research sometimes you don’t know what a community wants or needs, but this made sense.”
Merithew recalled how he started talks with the now former owner of Apple Blossom Florist, Lisa Trippensee, over the winter. Trippensee, who owned the business for seven years, is active in a number of community organizations. Perhaps her most rewarding community activity is acting as chair of Medina’s Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration.
However, she was unable to enjoy this past holiday’s festivities. In fact, she became so sick that her doctors essentially told her to stop doing so much.
“I was really torn as to what to do with the business,” she said. “I didn’t want to sell it to somebody who was going to run it into the ground because (former owner) Trudy (Sworts) and I worked hard to build it up.
“I’d built a relationship with my coworkers and customers and I didn’t want to leave.”
Betty Rogowski, who handles the books at Apple Blossom Florist, put Merithew in touch with Trippensee and the two discovered they shared common goals. Among those goals are a strong community presence and a continued strong work ethic.