BOSTON (CBS) – Small businesses have come and gone over the decades, but for 46 years, Minihane Florist has always been open in Brighton.

That will soon change.

At 75, Denis Minihane is selling his business and moving on.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Rod Fritz reports

It’s something that is easier said than done, after all, Denis has been doing this since 1966. WBZ has dropped in on his shop over the years and witnessed the frenzy of Valentine’s Day and other occasions.

How hard is it going to be to turn out the lights that last night? “I don’t wanna do it,” he says. “Life is what it is we’re all temporary.”

Denis would be the first to tell you it has a been a great run and there’s no doubt he’ll really miss it. His customers will miss him too.

“To have the neighborhood place,  with a friendly face that you could always count on and someone who you could go and shake his hand and say Merry Christmas to, that is going to be sorely missed,” said one customer.

Denis Minihane has been much more than the corner florist, he’s been a friend, offering bouquets for a price and uncommon wisdom for free.

“This is what the beauty of life is, temporary like a flower,” says Minihane. “It starts, it flourishes it diminishes.”

  1. Al McGilvray says:

    When I was in the Navy and my mother lived in Brighton, I would order flowers through Minihan’s.

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