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Floral shop to sprout elsewhere

Eiji's Florist holds moving sale, scans downtown for new site.

June 13, 2013|By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com
  • Florist Leiko Yamamoto works on some flower arrangements during a moving sale, which took place at Eiji's Florist Inc. in La Canada on Saturday, June 8, 2013. The florist has been a family run business since 1959.
Florist Leiko Yamamoto works on some flower arrangements… (Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

A long-running flower shop in the city is looking to move back to Foothill Boulevard, where the business first opened in 1959.

Edward Eiji Tomita and Hannah Tomita ran Eiji's Florist for many years on Foothill in a strip mall where the Flintridge Proper restaurant stands today. After a fire caused damage to the property in the 1980s, the Tomitas moved to their current location on 4534 Rinetti Lane. Their daughter, Lisa, now runs the shop.

PHOTOS: Eiji's moving sale in La Cañada

In an effort to increase foot traffic, the shop will move by June 30 to a more prominent location in the downtown area, said Jorell Esteban, a manager at Eiji's.

The shop will most likely move to Foothill, but the Tomitas do not have an exact location secured, he said.

On Saturday, the shop held a moving sale, offering steep discounts on silks, furniture, antique pieces, candles and gifts. Esteban said the sale was a success. "We had a great turnout," he said.

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The sale will run through this Saturday, he added.

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