BANDON - Old Town has a new florist who's eager to provide for the floral arrangement needs of the area. 

Esscents Candles & Accessories has been in Old Town for almost four years, but owner Renee Miner Armstrong just recently obtained the floral cooler from Auntie Em's Floral & Gifts, which was located in the Continuum Building across Second Street from Esscents. Owner Emily Bright moved to Idaho over the holidays to be closer to family and offered to sell some of her floral equipment to Armstrong.

"For about 1 1/2 years I've been wanting to bring something else into the shop to go along with candles, something that goes well with the name," Armstrong said. "Everything friends and family suggested didn't quite seem to fit, then someone said, 'What about flowers?' I didn't want to do that because of Emily, so when I heard she was leaving, I started to put things into motion."

Thus Esscents Candles & Floral bloomed into existence.

Armstrong met experienced floral designer Natalie Brookwell through Bright and began learning how to make arrangements under her tutelage. Brookwell has been creating and teaching floral arrangements since 1978 and was educated through the Ken Gilley School of Floral Design. Brookwell lived in Bandon previously for about five years after coming from Medford and about a year ago moved back to the area from Hood River.

"I've wanted to get into flowers for a long time, but my mother has the green thumb, not me," Armstrong said. "But I think I'm a quick learner and I thought bringing the flowers in would mesh well with candles."

Esscents Candles & Floral offers arrangements for holidays such as Valentine's Day and Mother's Day, as well as for special events such as weddings and funerals. Of course, arrangements are always available for everyday occasions. 

"The floral cooler is always full," Armstrong said. "If you don't see an arrangement you like in the cooler, we can do one on the fly."

The shop offers free delivery in Bandon and will deliver for a fee within a 25-mile radius of Bandon, including Coquille, Coos Bay, North Bend, Langlois and Port Orford. Special flowers, such as tropicals for leis, can be ordered with a few days' notice.

Anything from single stems to large bouquets, wrapped or in vases, is available. And while you're at the store, you can pick out a fragrant candle to go with your bouquet. Esscents still carries a wide selection of scented and decorative candles and warmer accessories.

Esscents Candles & Floral is open five days a week from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 11-4 p.m. Sunday. The shop is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. To order, call 541-329-0084 or visit the store at 120 Second St. SE in Old Town Bandon. Armstrong also invites the public to "like" Esscents Candles & Floral on Facebook.

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