Client Profile: George Thomas Florist

George Thomas Florist has been a second home to Sam Smith for his entire life. When he was a little boy, he helped out around the shop. His parents, Tom and Pat, bought the business in 1962, taking over for the previous husband-wife team of George and Helen Schatzlein. Keeping the family-run tradition alive, Sam now operates the store alongside his wife, Melissa.

Sam serves as vice president while Melissa designs the wide variety of beautiful floral arrangements. With a staff of 20, it’s a small but flourishing business. Sam appreciates running a shop with a product that plays an important and deeply personal role in people’s lives.

“We deal in emotions,” he said. “People buy flowers for all sorts of ups and downs in life. Flowers bring joy, comfort, nostalgia. They can conjure up fond memories and spark romance. It’s a special line of work.”

George Thomas Florist is located in the heart of Irvington along the Washington Street corridor. It’s a lovely piece of local history. The solid oak cabinets that line its walls are the original pharmacy cabinets from the old Rexall Drugstore that was located at 10th & Arlington.

Sam is proud to work for one of the longest-running family-owned businesses in Indianapolis. And he’s happy to see his mother still working in the store as well. She started the relationship with Sponsel CPA Group, and Sam and his wife happily keep it going.

“We’re very confident in the Sponsel team,” Sam said. “They’re a great source of support for our business, and they help us continue to grow and thrive.”

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