Whistle Hill Flowers open

Whistle Stop Flowers is open. Owner Karen Gibson (left) and assistant, and daughter, RaeAnn Snyder are ready for the traditional call for flowers and accessories during graduations and Memorial Day weekend.

Karen Gibson has opened a new business in Philip. Whistle Hill Flower is on Pine Street where Appliances and More was located and, before that, Picture This.

Gibson said that the idea for the business's name came from an age-old name for one of the hills in the center of Philip, Whistle Stop Hill.

"I love the location. The big windows are great and the light is awesome," said Gibson. "I like being my own boss and a flower and gift shop has always interested me."

The business, from idea to preparation to opening, has been an adventure. The shop is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 to noon on Saturday. Flowers, plants, cards, balloons and gifts currently make up the increasing range of inventory. Delivery within the Philip area is part of the flower shop's offerings.

Gibson's daughter, RaeAnn Snyder, is "the computer wiz" according to Gibson and is on board for the ride. Her specific responsibility is the computer work, but she helps out everywhere. "It's a lot to take in," said Snyder, "but we work well together. I love working with the customers. That's my favorite part."

Gibson pointed out, "We have a selection of crafts and cards made here in South Dakota. Locally, we have on display dolls and quilts created by Julie Seager.

"There is new inventory arriving daily. Graduations, weddings, funerals, birthdays; we have flowers for every occasion," said Gibson. "We have all the available services expected in a flower shop; including connections with Telaflora and FTD. There's always something special. We're ready, and here we go."