Sassy Sunflower opens in Manila

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Manila has a new full service florist by the name of The Sassy Sunflower. Owners of the new business are William Davis and Falyn Davis. The designer is Tonia Iliff who has almost 31 years of experience. She worked at the Possey Peddler for 10 years.

Tonia Iliff and Sherry Davis at The Sassy Sunflower in Manila.

The new business officially opened April 1 at 623C Highway 18 West, Manila Bypass.

Tonia is excited about the new business and is looking forward to working in her hometown.

William saw a need for a florist business in Manila and made a comment to Tonia asking her if she would be the designer if he opened a flower shop. The idea became serious and The Sassy Sunflower was born.

The new business will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The telephone number is (870) 561-1049. The shop has wiring service through Telflora anywhere in the world. Debit cards and major credit cards are accepted.

Delivery is available in the surrounding area including Manila, Monette, Leachville, Caraway, Lake City, Blytheville, Etowah, and Osceola.

In addition to live flowers, plants, and silk arrangements, The Sassy Sunflower will feature gift items, balloons and much more.

Tonia recently attended classes in balloon artistry. She can create balloons in a variety of characters and animals. Some are over five feet tall and will stand alone.

She will be able to take care of the floral needs of big or small weddings, showers, parties, funerals or other events.

They also carry a line of soy candles made from soybeans in Marion, Ark.

"We are always looking for things made in the USA and it is even better when the items are made in Arkansas," Iliff said.

She has a line of custom made jewelry for proms and occasions. Flowers are added to the bracelets to create wrist corsages. The bracelet can be used as a keepsake.

"I go to a lot of conventions and shows to keep up with the latest ideas," Iliff said. "I want to keep it trendy for the younger set. We want to have something for everyone."

"We are excited to provide the service to the community," Sherry Davis said.

Sherry will be helping Tonia in the shop when needed.

"Flowers never go out of style," Tonia said. "Flowers make you smile."

She hopes to start a flower of the month club and one day a month members will be able to pick up a bundle of flowers for each month. They also will carry a line of gourmet coffee and tea.

For those who love to arrange their own flowers, the shop will have flowers available for purchase.

Tonia invites everyone to check out what is new on their Face book page, sassysunflower.

They invite people to stop by and browse. There will be drawings and special events from time to time.

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