|Macres Florist, 419 N Broadway, in a (circa 1940s?) photo by Edward Cochems. Courtesy Santa Ana Public Library.|
In the late 1890s, a Greek immigrant lad named Harry Macres arrived alone in New York City and began selling flowers in the streets. Success in business (which was still considered a GOOD thing, back then) allowed him to open a flower shop, which also did a booming trade. In the early 1930s, he moved his family and his business to Southern California, initially opening a shop in Anaheim. In 1935, Harry and his son Albert expanded their business into Santa Ana, moving into what had been a motocycle and metalworking shop at the corner of Broadway and 5th St. The building had recently undergone rehabilitation in the wake of the 1933 Long Beach earthquake. Ultimately, it became their flagship location. Today, it's owned by Albert's son, Mike Macres. The business is a Santa Ana icon, the longest continually operating family business in the city, and has undoubtedly helped save countless marriages.
|Macres built the Santa Ana float for the Rose Parade from 1947 through 1950, and was the first to put each flower in tiny vials of water.|