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Florist Which Catered to Elton Has Closed

Tuesday 24
January 2006 @ 18:05
– GMT

A florist who met a pop star’s diva-like demand for flowers has mysteriously shut up shop, the Evening Express has announced.  

Aberdeen’s Simply Flowers answered a last minute call from Elton when he played at Pittodrie, but no one is available to help now at the George Street store.

The shop telephone answering service is full with messages and is recording no more calls.

Neighbouring firms say the place has been empty for two weeks, and that they last saw the store doing business on Thursday, January 5.

And none of them has any idea what has happened to cause the establishment to shut down.

A woman at a charity shop in the area said Simply Flowers’ customers had been asking her about the closure, and so far, owner Carolann Milligan has been unavailable for comment.

She sold her abode three months ago; the new homeowner says he has no idea of her whereabouts.

Carolann’s floristry specialised in exotic flowers and was influenced by European styles of flower design.

She took her inspiration from spells living in Denmark and Norway. In addition, the woman took various courses in Scotland and on the continent before launching Simply Flowers.

She opened the store in Aberdeen in August, 2002.

Its layout was designed and planned by the owner herself and it sold stock imported from Dutch growers.

Simply Flowers also stocked a range of glassware.

There was a staff of five, which at one point included Carolann’s daughter Marie.

In 2004, they hit the headlines for bailing out Sir Elton at the eleventh hour.

His staff called for flowers at 2 p.m. on the day of his Aberdeen concert.

A bouquet and three vases were arranged for his dressing room at Pittodrie.

The displays he received were predominately pink and red.

They included anthuriums, roses, oriental lilies, celosia and orchids, and cost Elton a three-figure sum.