Mustang Flowers rises like Phoenix after storm

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A Mustang business may have seen its building crumble after last May 31’s tornado, but the owners’ spirits led to a rebirth celebrated last week.

Teresa DeBord owns Mustang Flowers and Gifts with her husband, Dale and parents, Bill and Pat Null. Located on state Highway 152 for several years, the business’ roof was destroyed by the May 31 storm, which then allowed a torrent of rain into the structure.

“The storm took off the whole roof, which then let in about 12 inches of rain,” DeBord said Monday. “Basically everything inside was damaged or destroyed.”

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The storm not only caused significant problems for Mustang Flowers’ inventory and roof, it also caused structural damage that couldn’t be repaired – at least not without a “huge” amount of money, DeBord said. The DeBords and Nulls decided to take the most prudent action and rebuild on the same site, a project that took more than six months to complete.

The hard work paid off on Dec. 16, when Mustang Flowers reopened to the public. Last week, the business’ new building and the owners’ commitment to the city were celebrated with a ribbon-cutting which brought the chairman of the board of Teleflora to Mustang.

“Tom and Becky Butler came out to celebrate with us and that was a big deal – it meant a lot to us,” DeBord said.

As Mustang Flowers heads toward one of its busiest days – Valentine’s Day – DeBord and her family were looking both to the past and the future, she said.

“We look at it, and me and my mom both worked for the previous owner, then we bought it in 1985, and it’s been a great business, we’ve been able to meet and know so many great people,” she said. “We’re looking to many more years here, with our new building and new, fresh start.”

Mustang Flowers and Gifts is located at 208 E. state Highway 152 and is open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday. More information is available online at http://www.mustangflowers.com or by calling 376-4171.

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