By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS) — A new flower shop on the city’s South Side is giving young people a chance to grow.

Southside Blooms already runs flower farms on the South and West sides. Now, they are opening their first flower shop, at 6250 S. Morgan St. in Englewood.

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Owner Quilen Blackwell hires young people in Cook County’s juvenile probation system to get them rooted in a better future.

“The biggest value that we’re really bringing to a community is hope,” Quilen said. “They see a better future because this is like: ‘Wow, we have a flower shop right here in Englewood. We have farms right here in Englewood’. We have something to offer the larger city of Chicago.”
Southside Blooms even has its own honey.

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The grand opening for the Morgan Street shop is Friday morning. Southside Blooms is also online and delivers.

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We’ll keep uncovering information every day to help this community get back to work, until the job crisis passes. CBS 2 has several helpful items right here on our website, including a look at specific companies that are hiring, and information from the state about the best way to get through to file for unemployment benefits in the meantime.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff