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Cherry Land Florist (#31)

Walking the sidewalks now with the I-5 freeway towering overhead, it’s hard to imagine the business once here – Cherry Land Florist. Opened in 1932 by Tamano and J.M. Kobata, Cherry Land Florist started as a small grocery store and grew into a large retail flower shop.

What images does the name Cherry Land evoke for you? Glance up Jackson Street on a spring day and if you are lucky, cherry blossoms grace the trees. What does having a thriving flower shop say about the surrounding neighborhood, its businesses, residents and community.

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Cherry Land Florist spanned an impressive 6 storefront bays.

Wing Luke Museum Collection.

Artist Julia Seuferling re-creates in beautiful colors the delicate flowers once found at Cherry Land Florist.

By artist Julia Seuferling. YouthCAN, Wing Luke Museum.