For one stranded motorist: Kern Park Flowers to the rescue
Thursday, November 19th, was a rainy "downpour" sort of day. Sellwood resident Matthew McBean was driving a rental car along S.E. Holgate Boulevard when he got a flat tire. He pulled over to the curb across from one of the diminishing number of full-service florists in Inner Southeast Portland – the Kern Park Flower Shoppe, at 6713 S.E. Holgate.
But when he set about trying to change out the flat tire for the spare, the lug nuts were too tight.
Holly Itami Springfels, fourth generation owner of Kern Park Flowers, later told THE BEE, "It was the day of the 'monsoon', he was parked in a puddle, and he couldn't get the tire off. He came over here and asked if we could help, and we loaned him the proper equipment. He was very grateful, and when he brought it back, we gave him a small bouquet of flowers to brighten his day."
Kern Park Flowers has been family owned and operated since 1915. Springfels' daughter, Kimberly Walker, is the current General Manager. "Since the pandemic began, people haven't been able to meet up with each other," observed Springfels. "With people not being able to get together, more folks are sending flowers instead.
"This has been a strange year," she continued, "and we're pleased to be making a positive impact. That poor man was having such a horrible day, we thought it was the least we could do." While 2020 has been pegged as the year we'd most like to forget, the little kindnesses that have surfaced do help brighten the Holiday Season. If you are not familiar with Kern Park Flowers, their telephone number is 503/771-9000, and they are open weekdays 8 to 5, and 8 to 2 on Saturdays.
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