New flower shop takes root in Peterborough

  • Laurie Schwabe, right, and daughter Amelia at Laurie's new Peterborough nonprofit floral shop Periwinkle Flowers. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Laurie Schwabe, right, and daughter Amelia at Laurie's new Peterborough nonprofit floral shop Periwinkle Flowers. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Flowers from Periwinkle Flowers in Peterborough. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/20/2020 3:21:10 PM

A new flower shop dedicated to employing people with special needs sprung up in Peterborough over the weekend.

Laurie Schwabe’s shop, Periwinkle Flowers opened Friday at 10 School Street in Peterborough. The shop is a nonprofit under the umbrella of Perfect Peace, LLC, a nonprofit organization based in Jaffrey at which Schwabe’s husband Matthias is director.

Schwabe said she’s worked with people who have special needs for 13 years, including a stint living and working at Plowshare Farm in Greenfield, and she sees a need for more opportunities in the region. 

“I’ve wanted to create a workspace for special needs adults, just because I don’t think there are enough working environments for them,” Schwabe said. “Every individual deserves to be able to get up every day, put their shoes on and have something to go forward with...They’re not less than, they are just like you and I, and they need a reason to get out of bed. So if we can create those work environments for them, that’s what they need. Especially in these times, with COVID and everything, in a small town like this, we have to support each other and find a way for everybody to have meaning in their life.”

COVID-19 is currently holding Schwabe’s vision back a bit; while she eventually plans to hire two or three workers with special needs to work in the shop, the close quarters environment is not conducive to new hires at the moment, and so it’s just Schwabe – with some help from daughter Amelia – running the show at the moment. Once the COVID danger subsides, she’ll look to make some hires, and come spring, she hopes to have her greenhouse location in Jaffrey up and running, which should create even more meaningful work. 

“Getting your hands in the dirt and nurturing and growing things is really amazing,” she said.

She also expects to start stocking tea, crafts and granola produced by people with special needs.




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