Now you can say it with flowers and add a taste of deli delight

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Florist and fine food store join for colourful market-style presentation

TRADITION AT ITS BEST: Patrick Grafton and Brenda ‘Mrs Tweedie’ Richmond in front of the cheese fridge in the newly opened Deli and Flowers on Riet. ‘Mrs Tweedie’ is the mastermind behind Grafton’s pork pie supply. At the other end of the shop customers can have a look through the beautiful selection of fresh flowers. Picture: LOUISE CARTER
TRADITION AT ITS BEST: Patrick Grafton and Brenda ‘Mrs Tweedie’ Richmond in front of the cheese fridge in the newly opened Deli and Flowers on Riet. ‘Mrs Tweedie’ is the mastermind behind Grafton’s pork pie supply. At the other end of the shop customers can have a look through the beautiful selection of fresh flowers. Picture: LOUISE CARTER

VAN der Riet Street is the latest buzz in terms of new and exciting business ventures in Port Alfred. In the latest move, the yummy and interesting homemade deli-eats enterprise from the former Old Farmers Market – owned by Patrick Grafton – has joined premises with florist Penny Cutten to form Deli & Flowers on Riet.

There is an old-world feel to Deli & Flowers on Riet, where the tantalising aroma of a wide range of Grafton’s delicious hams and meats, preserves, cheeses and freshly baked artisan bread vie with the sweet smell of colourful flowers.

Cutten and Grafton are excited about the new venture. For Cutten, the position of the shop closer to the street is better and she is positive the mix on offer will attract more feet and build better business.

In terms of deli items to choose from, customers have a variety that includes fresh free-range chicken and eggs, smoked and cured ham and meats, pork sausage, salami, boutique selection cheeses as well as yummy farm-style preserves and Lincolnshire pork and apple sausages.

The Deli & Flowers Riet shop is also home to Grafton’s famous homemade mayonnaise, salad dressing and delicious, one-and-only pork pies by Brenda Richmond.

Surrounding businesses and hunger mongers can look forward to something different for lunch as the Deli & Flowers on Riet will be selling freshly made gourmet sandwiches for those on the go.

Grafton will be incorporating a selection of freshly made ciabata and paninis, with yummy toppings such as caramelised onion, cheese, salmon, roast beef, duck and more from the beginning of August.

Customers can also grab a coffee on the way out and some flowers for someone special. The store reminds one a bit of a traditional market where one can find fresh bread, ham and flowers all in one go. The flowers and deli together work well and offer a unique experience to locals.

“I have always loved delicatessen products. and I’m quite excited about this new set-up,” Cutten said.

Deli & Flowers on Riet is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 3pm.

For more information, call 063-639-0521.

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