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NARRAGANSETTâ€”Customers walk in, coming and going, to discuss they dayâ€™s news and ask about which flowers are in season. Short, green stems are strewn about the tile floor. The phone rings and then rings again. As the afternoon sun shines upon the bonzai trees and ceramics painted with japanese characters, you meet the proprietor, Hisa Kaizumi, and notice an accent. You have just entered into Hisaâ€™s Flowers.
Hisa has been making floral arrangements for local residents and businesses since opening the doors at 887 Boston Neck Road on April 21, 2000. Now those same doors, as the temple of the Roman god Janus does in times of peace, will close up forever.
â€śI want to retire,â€ť said Hisa. â€śAt 63, I want the time to reflect. Aging is not a bad thing but your view of the world gets wider.â€ť
Hisa has made a name for herself locally for blending traditional Japanese floral arranging with American techniques. She worked at Stop and Shop in the Floral department while concurrently earning her degree in Human Science with highest honors at the University of Rhode Island. When Hisa came to the United States in 1974, however, she did not yet realize her desire for the floral art form,
â€śI had no idea what I wanted to do,â€ť said Hisa. â€śI never had the opportunity to think about it. I was so busy with my husband and children.â€ť
The time came when Hisa knew that she wanted to do more with floral arrangements than what Stop and Shop could provide, and thus she decided to start up her own business.
â€śI worked as a florist there and I started making things that had my own flavor,â€ť said Hisa. â€śYet at Stop and Shop you can only do so much. My husband Richard really encouraged me.â€ť
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