It took Renae Molenda over two years to find the perfect buyer for her business, Rose Petal Floral and Gift, but she’s happy she waited. Effective June 1, Ashley and Nate Kavanagh took over ownership of the flourishing downtown business.
“I believe the two of them are the perfect choice for this new venture,” said Molenda. “I absolutely believe that.”
Molenda will be working with the Kavanaghs over the next several weeks to teach them the business she founded 12 years ago.
“We look forward to continuing to serve Cut Bank and the surrounding communities with florals, gifts, and décor and have some exciting updates up our sleeve in the coming year,” said Ashley.
Nate added, “We are extremely grateful for Renae’s willingness to work with us and share her expertise. She has built a great business and a faithful following.”
Ashley will be transitioning from her position at the Cut Bank Pioneer Press to work full-time at the couple’s new business next month. Nate will continue to work at the local newspaper until his training with Edward Jones begins later this fall.
“A lot of people thought Nate and Ashley were moving back to Cut Bank to take over the newspaper,” said Publisher Brian Kavanagh. “But the plan has always been for them to help develop successful marketing and social media programs for the papers and then to move on to their own careers and business opportunities. LeAnne and I are excited for them to grow their new business as they continue to become more and more involved in the community.”
With her long-awaited retirement only a few weeks away, what does Molenda have planned?
“I’m looking forward to being able to spend more time with my husband and family,” said Molenda. She is also excited to finally have the time to attend more of her grandkids’ sporting events next school year.
“I’m very appreciative to the community for supporting me all these years and through my learning process,” said Molenda. She expressed a special thank you to Teresa Coen at Coulee Quilts for giving her a space to rent in 2007 when she first started her business.