19 years ago, Phillis & Dick Fortney opened Rainbow’s End floral shop in Downtown Kingsport. Without fanfare, they’ve come to work every day and built a thriving business, day after day, year after year. Did you know they’re a “Move to Kingsport” story? The Fortneys relocated from Western Pennsylvania years before there was formal program to recruit newcomers. Not only did they move their business to Downtown Kingsport, they bought a house in the Church Circle radial streets neighborhood. Their son, Wayne, followed suit and bought a home just on the other side of Broad Street. And he created a business of his own, Adventure Time Ballooning, that grew out of Kingsport’s Fun Fest. All of the Fortneys are consummate ambassadors for Kingsport and deserve our thanks and recognition.
Drumroll please….this month’s Downtown Kingsport Cash Mob will be at….Rainbow’s End Floral on Thursday May 3. We ask that you “mob” them by dropping by and spending at least $20. This is a very tangible way to say ‘thanks’ for being Downtown. We want the Fortneys to feel the love of our community and our support for their business.
Here’s how you can help:
#1: send a simple note of encouragement & thanks to firstname.lastname@example.org
#2: join the group at 5:30 @ Center/Commerce and walk to Rainbow’s End together
#3: drop by any time on Thursday and make a purchase
#4: call-in a floral order or send it to someone else (to make THEIR day!) www.rainbowsendfloral.com
I’ll never forget the first impression that Phillis made on my wife and me. We used to walk downtown during our lunch hour and we dropped in to check out the new floral shop. Phillis’ infectious smile and sweet disposition can’t help but warm your heart. I’ve never known a time in the 19 years since that she hasn’t been smiling and bubbly.
Please join me in thanking them for their investment by giving a little something back to them this Thursday.
Tilden J. Fleming, AICP
Assistant City Manager for Development