CRESTVIEW — There’s a new store on Main Street that offers a different kind of gift for most occasions. Fruitable Flowers, located at 321 N. Main St., offers fresh fruit arrangements, chocolate-covered strawberries and more.

They offer a variety of edible bouquets, as well as chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate-covered pineapple, and more. They are expanding their selection as well, with new creations already in the works.

“We are not only going to do just dipped strawberries and bouquets,” Owner Melissa Carter says. “We are gonna kind of lean towards some of the gourmet-type fruit atmosphere.”

One of their original creations is the Strawberry Surprise, which is a large strawberry filled with cream cheese and special ingredients, dipped in chocolate and topped with roasted coconut or caramel. There is also a special surprise that Carter says is still in the works.

Carter said the idea came to her when she wanted to order a fruit bouquet for her mother, but wasn’t able to find anyone in the area who delivered to Crestview.

“My mother is someone that has everything, so I wanted to get her something that was different,” Carter says. 

After learning that no one could deliver, she decided to try starting her own business that would serve the Crestview area. When the opportunity arose to open a store downtown, Carter jumped at it.

“I had always said if I ever opened a business up, I would like for it to be a small business, and I love for it to be on Main Street,” she says. “I’ve always loved downtown Main Street, the old antique buildings and just the look, and how they have made the improvements to the buildings.”

The store opened Feb. 5, and Carter says neighboring business owners have been welcoming and helpful over the first couple weeks.

“It’s awesome,” she says. “It feels like family here, and that’s what we like.”

Fruitable Flowers is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call the business at 850-423-7306 or visit its website at www.fruitableflowers.com.