August 19, 2022
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Rizzo’s Greenhouse & Flower Store celebrates 90 years in enterprise | Information, Sports activities, Jobs


The Rizzo household, from left, Joey, Cathy, Grace and Paul, pose collectively.

AVIS — Rizzo’s Greenhouse & Flower Store celebrates 90 years with 4 generations and rising.

Situated at 2803 Woodward Avenue in Lock Haven Haven, the greenhouse and flower store has been operated via 4 generations of the Rizzo household.

The enterprise is at the moment run by Paul and Cathy Rizzo.

The story of the locally-famous greenhouse and flower store begins because the Rizzo household emigrated to the US from Calabria, Italy, in 1903. Paul’s grandparents, Guiseppe (Joseph) Rizzo and Grazia (Grace) Marasco, have been the primary of the Rizzos to step foot on American soil. They have been then married someday between 1905 and 1906, in response to Paul, and resided in North Bend, Pa. That they had 9 kids collectively, Michael, Anthony (Tony), Paul (Paully), Mary, Rose, Joseph Jr., Frances, John (Paul’s father) and Dorothy.

Guiseppe labored within the paper mill in Lock Haven and Grazia was a “homebody” as many ladies have been throughout that point, mentioned Paul. Finally in 1932, the 2 determined to construct a small greenhouse the place they grew greens and mushrooms.

John Rizzo (left) and Paul Rizzo (proper) stand on reverse sides of their father, John Rizzo, smoking a cigar on the household’s greenhouse.

“My grandfather, grandmother and uncle (Tony) began to develop mushrooms and greens. That continued for a few years they usually elevated objects and finally to the purpose they grew vacation objects at Easter and Mom’s Day,” Paul mentioned.

Nonetheless, Paul’s grandparents have been unable to develop through the winter months as there was no method to warmth the greenhouses. It was unattainable to develop for holidays corresponding to Christmas.

“One of many foremost causes they did that mixture — mushrooms and greens — they may usher in manure and as manure is degrading, it creates warmth. It could preserve the greenhouse heat for the greens above it and the mushrooms would develop within the manure. They have been very intelligent, ingenious individuals — they did what they needed to do to outlive,” Paul mentioned.

That was throughout The Nice Melancholy after which into World Warfare II. After serving within the conflict, John attended Delaware Valley School of Agriculture in 1945 the place he realized extra about floriculture and landscaping. His brother, Tony, would move away in 1949 with Paul’s grandfather following a number of months later. Paul’s uncle, Paully, his father and mom continued the household enterprise with the opposite siblings serving to out as a lot as potential.

Alongside the strains, John and Paul’s uncle Paully went into enterprise collectively within the early Fifties, beginning out with landscaping. A portion of the greenhouse was then relocated down from Clinton Avenue in Lock Haven after John married Paul’s mom.

A bigleaf hydrangea blooms at Rizzo’s Greenhouse

In 1952, John married Anne Jannerella, of North Bend. Collectively, they constructed a small home in Charleton, Pa., alongside what’s now Woodward Avenue. A part of the greenhouse was then relocated beside that home the place it’s operated right now. Paul’s mom continued to function the opposite portion of the previous Clinton Avenue greenhouse for one more 12 months after that. She handed away in 1972.

“That they had somewhat home right here subsequent door after which that they had the greenhouse. Each couple of years as that they had somewhat bit of cash, they’d add on one other part,” mentioned Cathy Rizzo.

John and Anne had three sons, John, Paul and Michael. The enterprise expanded as they grew up and began work for the Rizzo household enterprise.

Paul’s brother, (Younger) John, attended Penn State for Biology and Botany. In 1972 because the brothers grew to become extra lively within the enterprise, they constructed a present store which Anne operated, and a flower store subsequent to the greenhouse. The three labored alongside their dad, studying the commerce first hand.

John additionally labored for Piper Plane as his day job up till retiring within the Eighties.

ARIANNA MCKEE/THE EXPRESS An argyranthemum blooms at Rizzo’s Greenhouse

“When he wasn’t at Piper, he was landscaping or doing no matter he may right here to maintain this enterprise going,” Cathy mentioned.

A number of years after 1972, the principle greenhouse showroom and backyard store was constructed on. The entire household pitched in for the enterprise. The three brothers took programs at Hixon College of Floral Design and a few programs at Ohio State College — the three turning into floral designers there afterward. At the moment, Paul’s brothers, although moved away from Rizzo’s full-time with their very own households, do assist out within the greenhouse through the holidays.

At the moment, Rizzo’s Flower Store covers a couple of 20,000 sq. toes of inside rising and about 20,000 sq. toes of outdoor space the place the Rizzos do shows and develop. There are about 12 complete greenhouses.

“The unique greenhouse was solely a couple of 1,000 sq. toes. So, we’ve elevated a terrific deal. After all, they simply had somewhat yard to do their enterprise,” Paul mentioned.

Having labored together with his mother and father for years, Paul finally employed his now spouse, Cathy, in 1994. They finally married in 1998, Paul mentioned. The 2 took over Rizzo’s Flower Store and had a household of their very own.

The entrance of Rizzo’s Flower Store and Greenhouses taken within the late Nineteen Seventies.

“The enterprise has modified a terrific deal and we’ve picked up new merchandise. We’ve got finished various things — minimize flowers, landscaping and upkeep, service church buildings, function the greenhouse all 12 months spherical, doing weddings and funerals — we have now develop into multifaceted over time,” Paul and Cathy mentioned.

Paul and Cathy are at the moment are elevating the following era of the Rizzos within the enterprise with their youngsters, Joey and Grace. Joey at the moment works full-time alongside his mother and father.

“We love what we do … When it’s a job that you just love, how simple it may be to do it whenever you like it,” they mentioned.

Rizzo’s Greenhouse & Flower Store is open Monday via Friday from 9 a.m. to five p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to three p.m. It serves Clinton, Lycoming and Centre counties.

For extra info on Rizzo’s Greenhouse & Flower Store, go to their Fb or name them at (570) 753-3603.

Rizzo’s Greenhouse and Flower Store contains an connected present store that options wind chimes, viewing globes, and candles, amongst extra.

Rizzo’s incorporates a wide array of cacti and succulents, corresponding to this high-quality previous man cactus.

A creeping phlox blooms amidst the flowers out entrance of the greenhouse.

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