Josey Madler has always been interested in flowers.
Now, the Baker High School graduate has a place to show that off after taking over All 4 U Flowers and more on New Year’s Day.
Madler and Brian Strasheim are the new owners of Classy Cactus Floral.
“I’ve always been into cactus and succulent plants. I wanted something unique and I thought that was how I could tie it into the floral industry,” she explained recently.
“I was looking for a new adventure.... I was kind of getting sick of the oil fields,” she explained. Madler had been working in sales and as an office manager for an oil company.
She also had approached the owners of All 4 U Flowers about selling the business on Main Street in Baker.
Madler and Strasheim are still in the process of changing their new business, to reflect their interests, especially with Valentine’s Day coming soon.
“We haven’t set up our social media yet. We have a website and they (customers) can call or stop by. We are kind of waiting on the social media presence until I get everything the way I want it.”
“We have the (new) sign up (outside),” she added.
The new owners took over Jan. 1. “We started talking to them (the owners) about a year ago. We decided that it would be easier for everyone if we started at the new year,” she said.
She said her interest in the floral industry was piqued in recent years when she helped with wedding flowers for friends and her sister’s wedding parties. “Everyone was saying that you have a knack for this...,” she explained. “I have a ton of flowers that I grow out in my yard, so I would always cut fresh flowers. I always have been interested in it and I have kind of a green thumb.”
Madler is staying at the family place in Ollie, while the couple have put their home in Dickinson on the market. Strasheim still works in the Bakken oilfields north of Dickinson. “He is working an ‘8 and 6’ schedule, so he gets to come here for six days to help with flowers,” she added with a chuckle.
“Brian has a pretty good job, so we are making sure we can make everything swing.”
While her mother lives in Ollie, her father and stepmother live in Baker. “It’s been nice to move back and be around all my family.”
After Madler graduated in 2006, she went to Glendive and played basketball at Dawson Community College before returning to Baker. “Then I started working in the oilfields here in Baker. That’s where me and Brian met in 2009 and we have been together ever since then,” she said. When Brian got a job offer near Dickinson, the couple took it and moved there.
Now, she is back in Baker full time.
In the new business, Madler said that she wants to make the shop specialize in things like home decor, silk flowers, chocolates and several specialty items. She already is stocking Montana Made candles and some jewelry also made in the Treasure state.
Getting weekly floral shipments, Madler explained that people need to give her about a week for special orders for events.
For those wanting to stop by, the shop is located at 23 S. Main Street in Baker. The phone number is 406-778-2279. The business hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and they will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The shop will also be open Sunday, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day).