After 32 years of teaching elementary students, Margit Fritz found herself in a new profession; the owner of the new retail business Floral & Finds in downtown Clear Lake. Joining forces with a local friend, Sharon Voss, who had tremendous experience in florals, they formed a partnership and opened their doors in the Spring of 2016.
Margit went through the normal channels of beginning a business from formalizing the plan to having their brand created. Purchasing an old building, the next step of the partnership began and renovations began. Margit had been collecting antiques and collectibles for years and her collection of choice-items pleasantly fit right into the decor they were planning. Taking old tin roofing from one part of the building and adding into another part was just an example of the changes they made. Another was taking an old church window and woodwork and implanting in one of the walls within the store. Pictures are shown here of some of the renovations that turned Florals & Finds into what it is today; a year later and very successful.
Florals & Finds adds to the ambiance of downtown Clear Lake when most little towns are struggling to keep going and new businesses are looking to build in the higher traffic areas. Stores like this give new life to a struggling economy and help to turn it into a more flourishing community. Both spouses are also involved in their own right in the community. Margit’s husband Duke is the owner of Fritz Chevrolet who just celebrated their 90th birthday this past year.
Florals & Finds is located on Highway 15 that runs through Clear Lake in Deuel County. A backroad business in the east central part of South Dakota, supported by the local and area residents, invites others to take a side trip and stop in see what items one cannot live without.