Oklahoma City-based Capitol Hill florist buys Foster's Flowers

Family-owned flower shop Capitol Hill Florist has bought Foster’s Flowers, the Oklahoma City area’s oldest floral shop. Foster’s brick-and-mortar shop in Edmond will close its doors.
By Catherine Sweeney, Business Writer Published: July 17, 2014
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The largest floral shop in the Oklahoma City metro just bought out the oldest one.

Oklahoma City-based Capitol Hill Florist announced Thursday that it has bought Foster’s Flowers, the area’s oldest floral shop. Capitol Hill bought the shop’s phone number and website. All calls and hits are redirected to the new owner. The changeover happened Saturday.

Foster’s brick-and-mortar location, 15011 Bristol Park Blvd., in Edmond, will close, said Capitol Hill owner Kent Whitnah.

“Our business has always been 90 percent over the phone,” he said.

Foster’s Flowers had been in business since 1918. Its last Oklahoma City location was on 23rd Street. The shop relocated to Edmond about 20 years ago under the last family owner, Randy Foster.

A third party bought the company in 2011 and recently sold it to Capitol Hill, Whitnah said.

Capitol Hill Florist isn’t that much newer than Foster’s Flowers. Chester Whitnah, Kent’s grandfather, started the shop in 1932. Kent, who spent his adolescent life working at Capitol Hill, now runs the shop with his wife, Cindy.

Both of Capitol Hill’s locations are in south Oklahoma City — 5809 S Western Ave. and 11904 S May Ave.

Whitnah said the acquisition would help business on the north side of the metro area.

“It’s going to expand the map in Edmond,” he said.

Delivery prices are flat throughout the metro area, so new customers in Edmond and the surrounding area won’t see a price increase, he said.

Whitnah said the company doesn’t foresee any staffing issues. They currently have eight delivery trucks.