Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce
Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce
DELPHOS — Finalists for the 2020 Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award are Ivy Hutch and Delphos ACE Hardware. Also nominated were 4K Tire, Cabo’s, Downtown Fitness, Flowers on Fifth, Harter and Schier Funeral Home, K&K Lawn Care & Landscaping, Schrader Realty, UltraSound Special Events Inc., Krendl Machine, Westrich Furniture and Woof Boom Radio - Fun 107.1.

Ivy Hutch was founded in 2005 by Sue Shrider. It was formally known as Frontier Flowers. After working for Shrider for two years, Ashley Etzkorn (and her husband) has the opportunity to buy the company in 2012 and relocated the store front to Elida Avenue.

“Over the past seven years of ownership, we have diversified and grown the flower shop to what it is today,” Etzkorn said. “I want Ivy Hutch to be a shop that can offer more than just flowers and gifts but touch people on a personal level. We are striving to push the envelope in the floral industry without losing the one-on-one attention our customers deserve. I want Ivy Hutch to be the reason people travel to Delphos or to stay and shop local.”

Etzkorn is working diligently to set her business apart from other florists.

“The biggest way is through our engraving business,” she said. “We are the only local floral or gift shop to offer same-day engraving. We took a leap of faith three years ago and purchased our laser engraver and boy was it the perfect pairing with other gift items and flowers we already carry.”

During the fourth quarter in 2018, Ivy Hutch engraved 673 jobs; during the fourth quarter in 2019, 864 jobs; and 2019 was the first year the florist offered corporate engraving with 375 tumblers, 50 Growlers and 25 pocket knives and several other smaller jobs.

With the added work, Ivy Hutch moved a part-time employee to full time and hired an additional part-timer.

Another way Ivy Hutch is involved in helping the community through promoting other local businesses.

“We have teamed up with Victorian Rose Boutique several times to promote each other’s events. We regularly send customers to Ace Hardware for such items as drinkware. We also guide our patrons to Victorian Rose and Aero Printing for weddings and many more events,” Etzkorn explained.

The business also donates time, services, product and money to Canal Days Toast, the annual Chamber dinner, Relay for Life, St. John’s Fall Festival, Jefferson’s Benefit Auction, CHP Beacon of Hope Dinner, St. John’s Benefit Auction, TUMC Church Christmas Dinner and Bazaar, Phi Delta Sorority Purse Bingo and more.

“We work with the Interfaith Thrift Shop in recycling vases and in return, we send arrangements for them at no charge Ivy Hutch also gives substantial support to both schools and we are part of a mentor program and host freshmen ag students. We also advertise in

“I have a fire to make Ivy Hutch the best flower and gift shop it can be,” Etzkorn said. “We are honored to be nominated for the Small Business of the Year and it has sparked that fire. I feel Ivy Hutch is becoming more and more ingrained in the culture in Delphos. I feel this is because I don’t look at my career as a job but as a passion.”