Bailey’s Canton-Potsdam Florist closes after nearly 90 years in business
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 5:52 pm

POTSDAM -- Bailey’s Canton-Potsdam Florist, on the Potsdam-Morley Road, has closed after nearly 90 years in business.

Owner Joretta Creighton, now 80 years old, says her age has caught up to her and she feels she can no longer provide the service she wants for her customers.

Creighton posted a message on Bailey’s Facebook page Monday:

“Since 1928, Bailey's Florist has had the privilege of tending to all your floral needs. We have been there for weddings, funerals, get wells, happy birthday and just because too. The time has come, however, to close the doors.

“In September I turned 80 years old and have been working for the better part of 65 years. My bones and my eyes are not as good as they once were. As much as I have enjoyed the business, I am content with the idea of resting on the days my knees tell me not to get up!! I also must admit that I no longer desire to drive on the winter roads, unless they are taking me somewhere I wish to go.

“I have truly enjoyed helping so many of you for SO many years!! I will miss chatting on the phone and having visitors stop in to say Hi.

“Thank you for all your support.

“Always, Joretta Pierce Creighton.”

Creighton’s grandparents started the business and she has been involved in it since she was a child.

She was honored in 2014 by FTD Florists, a nationwide florists’ consortium, for her 75 years of service. Bailey’s joined what was then the Florists Telegraph Delivery network in 1938, using the FTD clearinghouse to send orders around the country and take orders from far away for flowers to be delivered near here.

Creighton had placed the business up for sale, but had no satisfactory offers for it.