On March 11, Pratt Community College will honor Lou Lynne Moss as the 26th Boyd Davies Executive-in-Residence.
Moss established The Flower Shoppe in 1977 at 106 South Main St. in Pratt. The shop then moved to 209 East 4th in 1982 and currently is at 201 East 4th.
"Lou Lynne Moss provides an excellent example of a local business owner who promotes their industry by serving in a leadership roles locally, and at state and national level," said Junnae Landry, event coordinator.
Moss said she decided to open her own flower and décor shop after working for Bruce and Carol Farmer, who owned a flower shop in Pratt. When they closed the doors, they left Moss unemployed and wondering what to do.
"I had twin boys to raise and no job," she said. "I loved my job as a florist so decided to try it on my own."
Moss received her design training by attending Kansas State Floral Conventions, as well as wholesale and trade shows throughout the Midwest.
Moss, along with her mentor Betty Belt from Dodge City, traveled to Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado to attend every workshop and seminar available to the retail florist.
She became president of the Kansas State Florist Association, editor of the Helianthus Newsletter for KSFA and traveled with the Kansas State Funeral Directors promoting the importance of sympathy flowers.
She worked with other small Kansas florists in a network group to gain knowledge, product and design trends for those owners and designers who couldn't attend national seminars.
"One of my goals has always been to keep the floral retailer alive in under-populated areas," she said. "I want to keep our businesses viable with the competition of the big box stores."
Moss became a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers in 1982. The mission of the institute is to advance the art of professional floral design through education, service and leadership and to recognize the achievement of excellence in this art form.
Moss become national membership chairman and worked through all of the executive board offices, becoming president in 2002.
She received the Award of Distinguished Service to AIFD in 2006. This award is bestowed upon members of the AIFD who have outstanding service to the institute.
In 1982 Moss began traveling throughout the USA and Canada for AFS and Teleflora as an education specialist, presenting design education programs for other florists and event designers.
She has designed at "Bouquet to Arts" in San Francisco's Art Museum for garden clubs, and has been a part of the California Growers and Shippers Convention's Design Team for the last 10 years.
In 2001 she was on the inaugural design team for George H.W. Bush.
"My endless hours of involvement in the floral industry have established many long lasting friendships and much success with my business on a national, state and local level," she said.
Moss has always been involved locally, being a part of the downtown retail committee for the Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as hosting floral design tour for the schools and teaching floral design at Pratt Community College in the late 1990s.
She has had booths at the job fair for Liberty Middle School, as well as the area South Central Special Education Cooperative. Throughout the years, she has employed over 35 students from Pratt High, Skyline and PCC.
She received the Kansas Department of Commerce Regional Small Business Award in 2003.
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