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In 1939, Victor and Helena Staelgraeve opened up a flower shop and garden center in Monroe, a small town about 15 miles north of the Ohio line and Toledo. Before long, their flower shop became known as the best for quality and design in Monroe County. To this day, that flower shop still operates under the ownership of three of Helena and Victor's four sons. 

In 1961, a grandson was born to Victor and Helena Staelgraeve.. As the eldest grandson, Dave spent most of his youth working at the family business. At a very early age, he was helping out in the greenhouses, transplanting, cleaning up, and following his Grandfather around. It wasn't long before he was making floral arrangements, putting up Christmas decorations, landscaping, and being involved in all aspects of the flower business. On his sixteenth birthday, Dave had his driving test in the morning, and was delivering flowers in the afternoon. Almost thirty years later, Dave is still delivering flowers...

Dave Staelgraeve (owner of Toledo Roses and the tall guy in the back), poses with Bill Cosby and some of the "Dog Crew" from Tony Packo's.

. The design skill and experience acquired from a lifetime of being involved in the flower shop business has allowed Dave's creations with flowers to touch the lives of tens of thousands of people. Whether it's a simple bud vase, a cheery balloon bouquet, or an exquisite and grand floral tribute for someone recently departed, the staff at Toledo Roses, under Dave's guidance, have the knowledge and skill to make your flower gift special and unique

In recent years, the flower shop industry has seen a dramatic change in business operations. The market share of flower sales for individual flower shops has declined dramatically due to "big box" and large grocery stores entering the market, and the inability of flower shops to develop a more efficient way to deliver their flowers. The ability to pick up fresh flowers at the local grocery store has made flower shops almost irrelevant, especially since many grocery stores sell their flowers at a loss, even if they are less than premium grade. Wire service companies like FTD® and Teleflora™, and "order consolidators" have kept costs high for local flower shops. Fees of 28% or more for incoming orders from wire companies combined with  monthly fees push the cost on to the consumer. Wire service companies have done little to police their own members, and the result has been customers turning away from flowers as gifts. Click here to learn more about the pitfalls of dealing with order 'skimmers", consolidators, and wire service companies. In order to get the best value, customers must deal directly with local Toledo flower shops. With more and more people turning to the internet when shopping for flowers, it's vital for local Toledo flower shops to have a strong web presence, yet simple searches on major search engines turn up mostly professional order skimmers, hackers, or wire service companies, where prices are too high, and in many cases, you're still are not dealing with a local Toledo flower shop. While most local Toledo flower shops have websites, the problem is their sites are designed and hosted by the same companies who get a commission for forwarding them orders. We believe the only way to succeed and offer great value to our customers as a local Toledo flower shop is by developing our own website so customers can find us in the search engines.

In 2003, with his third generation experience in the florist industry, and recognizing the challenges that lay ahead for individual flower shops, Dave Staelgraeve and his wife, Gina created a new and different kind of flower shop on their property in southern Monroe County, just seven miles north of Toledo, Ohio. Understanding that the retail flower shop store was a heavy burden affecting the ability of  florists to offer a better value, the business plan envisioned a way to reach customers directly, and keep costs down so savings could be passed on to the consumer. The plan called not only for offering great flower delivery service in Monroe County, but to eventually expand into Toledo and Sylvania, OH. One observation held for many years was that Toledo flower shops were always more expensive than Monroe Flower Shops. With the premise that a "flower delivery van costs less than a building", we knew that we could offer from our central location, flower delivery to Toledo, OH at very competitive prices. While other local Toledo flower shops were finding it more and more difficult to stay open with loss of market share, excessive costs of membership in wire service companies, store rent, inventory expenses, and more, the goal was creating a company that could reach customers on a level with the internet professionals, yet keep overhead costs at a minimum.

After months of studying and learning web design, and construction of our high-tech private flower shop on five acres in southern Monroe County, Monroe County Flowers was launched. Our exclusive focus on corporate accounts, telephone flower orders in Monroe County, and internet orders, offering free home flower delivery with all orders. The results were even better than imagined. Once the Monroe County Flowers site was at the top of many search engines, then came the challenge of working on our "Toledo Roses" website, and beginning flower delivery service to Toledo. If you're reading this now, chances are you found us as result of a web search. While our Toledo Roses website is under construction, we hope you'll check back regularly, and visit our main site, and order flowers for your loved ones in Toledo, Ohio.

We promise this: You will not find a better value on delivered flowers anywhere in the Toledo or Sylvania Ohio area, and once you discover the quality we offer, we will become your Toledo flower shop of choice!

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