Business beat: the Briar Patch Florist and Gift Shop open for business on Route 66

Carl and Mariah Funderburg stand in their recently opened flower and gift shop, The Briar Patch. Ryan Williams/WGCN

Carl and Mariah Funderburg stand in their recently opened flower and gift shop, The Briar Patch. Ryan Williams/WGCN

People can find an assortment of flowers, gifts and woodwork at The Briar Patch Florist and Gift Shop.

The store, located on Route 66, opened for business Jan. 20.

Carl and Mariah Funderburg, who have lived in Junipine for about a year, own the shop. Mariah worked as a florist in Needles for several years until the owner of the store retired. After that she worked as a social worker and Carl worked as a mechanic. When Mariah's aunt died and left her some money, the couple decided to open the Briar Patch.

"We figured, let's go into business for ourselves and do what both of us love and we can kind of make our own hours and not have anybody screaming at us," Carl said.

The store sells flowers and plants for all occasions including weddings, funerals, birthdays and holidays. Staff can deliver flowers within Williams and the surrounding area, including to Ash Fork, Seligman and the Grand Canyon.

Besides the flowers, the Briar Patch also sells gifts such as all-natural handmade soaps, Kama Sutra brand products, candles, cards and gifts in a balloon.

"We can pretty much put anything inside of a balloon, whether it's a floral arrangement or toys," Carl said.

The store also sells Carl's wooden furniture and other handmade items, such as tissue box covers. Carl refinishes furniture as well.

"I've always had a passion for woodworking, I've always made stuff," he said.

The Briar Patch is located at 226 W. Route 66. The store's hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information is available at (928) 635-5366.

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