‘Bluem’-ing in the River District: Carol Rutledge and Susan Hortman opening ‘a boutique garden shop whose mission is to ‘Nourish the Soul Through Nature.’

‘Bluem’-ing in the River District: Carol Rutledge and Susan Hortman opening ‘a boutique garden shop whose mission is to ‘Nourish the Soul Through Nature.’

Something new coming to 217 N. Fifth Ave. just across the Oostanaula from the courthouse. Hometown photo.

 

Good things continue to happen in Rome’s River District. The latest is Bluem at 217 N. Fifth Ave. “Bluem is a boutique garden shop whose mission is to “Nourish the Soul Through Nature,” says Master Gardener Carol Rutledge, a very familiar name in the downtown business community.

‘Plans are being made to construct a deck along the side and  running parallel to the levee’ — which is this side as seen coming from the Law Enforcement Center. Hometown photo.

“We will be featuring vibrant and healthy green plants along with professionally selected orchids  Most of our vessels for potting are fashioned after the Kew Pottery from the Botanical Gardens in England. Susan Hortman and myself will be available for consultation and custom plant design.  We both offer years of experience and education to the Rome community,” says Rutledge. “Alongside custom plant design, we will be offering monthly ‘How To’ workshops.  These workshops will be open to the community but limited in size to adhere to the new CDC guidelines. ”

She also shared a bit of history about the location. It is “part of a  building built around 1935, and owned by Earl Wiggins.  Mr. Wiggins housed his business, Rome Tile and Marble, there for many years before retiring. We have taken time and care to restore it back to its original beauty, both inside and out.  We have exposed original flooring, ceilings and a brick wall.  The windows visible to Fifth Avenue are original to the building.  Plans are being made to construct a deck along the side and  running parallel to the levee.  When the deck is completed, the space will be available to rent for small events.”
And there’s one more special touch, says Rutledge: “Bluem gets its name from my late husband’s 1987 Blue Landcruiser.  All who knew him called his truck “old Blue.”  After his death, I had it restored to its original condition. Old Blue will be the delivery truck for Bluem.  Hence the name, Bluem.”
No opening date as yet but, says Rutledge, “we are very close.” For more, contact her at carol.bluem@gmail.com or by store phone, 706-237-7065.
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