Pondelek’s Florist & Gifts, which has been a staple business in the borough of Hellertown for 75 years, is moving.
But owner Jackie Bodor wants longtime customers and the community to know they aren’t going far, and they aren’t leaving Hellertown.
“We are staying true to our Hellertown roots,” she said.
This fall the business will relocate about a dozen blocks south from its storefront in the 1300 block of Main Street near CVS to a historic one-room red clapboard schoolhouse at 202 Main Street; a building that was last occupied by Oak Tree Realty.
Built in the 1870s, the small one-and-a-half story wooden building at the corner of Main and Pine streets was the first school built in Hellertown and over the years has been home to many businesses.
Bodor said the building requires extensive renovations and restoration, but architectural finds like the original hardwood floors found under carpeting will make it worth the wait.
“We (are) trying to keep it as historic as possible,” she said. “We want to make it beautiful!”
In moving, Pondelek’s will downsize by eliminating much of its gift shop to focus on what has always been at the heart of the business: flowers.
“We are not totally eliminating the gift shop. There will be a very small selection of our best-selling ‘smalls,'” Bodor said. “We will also still have our wall of hand-blown glass vases signed by the local artist.”
Bodor said more information about the new store will be available closer to their reopening date sometime this fall.
The move was first announced on the store’s Instagram (@pondeleksflorist) and Facebook pages late last month.
In the meantime, Pondelek’s is having a moving sale at its current location.