MARINETTE — April showers bring May flowers, and some of the people who most look forward to the spring bloom can be found 654 State St. in Marinette. 

The little building at this address, previously occupied by Standard Monument Company, is now overflowing with blossoming plants and bears a new name: Flowers on State. The flower shop is owned and operated by long-time community members Jim Martell and his daughter, Elisabeth Martell Lesandrini, who are usually recognized from their presence at Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home just around the corner. 

“I’ve lived in this neighborhood, worked in this neighborhood for over 55 years,” said Martell, who said he was inspired to start the flower shop after the closing of Everard’s Flowers in June 2018. “There had been a florist in the area for over 100 years ... obviously, it doesn’t take rocket science to see that it’s integral to our business.” 

Martell added that he himself is an avid flower gardener, and can often be found tending to the plants in front of Hansen-Onion-Martell at 610 Marinette Ave. 

“I’m certainly not a floral designer, but I know a lot about flowers,” he said. The floral design, which he calls the “nuts and bolts of the business,” he leaves up to Lesandrini. 

After renting the building for Flowers on State, Lesandrini transformed the inside into a haven of potted and cut plants. 

“I know what things I like,” she said, and admitted that she, too, had stuck mostly to gardening over floral design. “I’m learning very quickly.” 

With the help of a friend, event florist Dale Servais, and former Everard’s employee Mary Fritz, Lesandrini has picked up a lot of the popular techniques of flower arrangement. She likes bringing her own personal flair to pieces, and says her favorite flowers are peonies. 

Flowers on State offers a wide variety of cut and potted arrangements for any occasion, and provides flowers for events such as weddings, funerals, holiday celebrations and dances. The business even offers some silk floral arrangement options, and offers delivery to local venues. 

In the future, Lesandrini said she is thinking of installing a cutting garden around the business, and has experimented somewhat with other gift items for the shop besides flowers. 

“I like it,” she said of the experience running the store. “I get to do different things. ... When people come in here, they’re usually happy to buy flowers, pick something out.” 

For more information on Flowers on State, visit flowersonstate.com or follow the business on Facebook. Those interested in placing an order can also call 715-330-6111, or order right on the website.