MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Hilltop Florist and Greenhouse has been in Mankato almost 140 years.
When the owners of Hilltop announced that they would be retiring, the hope was that new owners would step forward and continue on the legacy.
Today, that hope became a reality.
It was announced on Facebook that Kevin and Deb Newman would be buying the business.
The Newman’s have called Mankato home for more than 30 years and in that time they’ve raised a family and have been involved in the community through volunteer work and their respective careers.
Deb spent 15 years with Taylor Corp. working her way up to being the Vice President of Human Resources and Kevin has been with Kato Engineering for 19 years, now serving as President.
Back in 2005, the two began flipping houses as a side job and with their desire to stay busy, but they decided their next step would be to own a business.
“There’s such a rich history here and the great serve and product that are created here and the ability to touch people live was really important to us,” future owner Deb Newman said.
The Newman’s ensure a goal of continuing to provide great service and products while adding some personal creative touches for years to come.
“We would love this to be a generational thing for our family. That was one of the things that was really special as you look at the number of owners that have been up on this site," Deb Newman said.
The Newman’s said they immediately knew Hilltop was the right fit and showed current owner Kathy Van Tol they were serious.
“For us I think that it was just that they were on it and they were really wanting to get in contact with us and ‘how do we approach setting up a time to meet’ 'what do we need to do’,” said Van Tol.
And now a couple that’s been part of Mankato’s landscape for years, will take on a new challenge at an historic floral business.
It’s planned by the end of July, Hilltop Floral will officially close and the next day the new owners will take over operations.