Closed since late March because of the coronavirus outbreak, a florist and cemetery opened their doors for two days only to commemorate Memorial Day.
O'Laughlin's Florist in Queens, New York, has been closed for months, upending business during the popular spring holidays, with one exception for Mother's Day. O'Loughlin's was established in the late 1800s and has been serving the same families for decades, mostly those with loved ones in nearby Calvary Cemetery, one of the only cemeteries in New York to lock its gates because of the virus. O'Loughlin's has continued to deliver fresh flowers to gravesites for customers, some of whom visited weekly before the pandemic.
Over the weekend the empty stands in front of O'Loughlin's were full of colorful flowers for the first time in weeks. Owner John Owens was ready as families he's known for generations, like Dare Caywood and sisters Michelle Field and Kathleen Bluemke, stopped for flowers before visiting Calvary.