The Hepworth family's floral business, which started in Jewel Hepworth's basement in 1971, has branched out. It now encompasses stores in Centerville and Farmington.

Jewel Hepworth began her floral business making corsages and boutonnieres for Viewmont High School students and also designed plastic flower arrangements for businesses and restaurants.She has been decorating the Robintino's restaurant chain for nearly 20 years.

Her husband, Ted, built her first shop in a carport next to their home in Centerville. When her business kept growing, she moved in 1980 to a commercial location at 304 S. Main, Centerville, and called her florist shop Hepworth Floral & Gifts. Her husband, again, built most of the interior.

She has expanded her store several times over the past decade and, when dried and silk flowers came into vogue, she added them to her inventory. She has continued to make corsages and boutonnieres for high school and college students and has added many businesses and office buildings to her list of commercial customers who want floral decorations changed regularly.

This Christmas season she has decorated 15-foot-tall Christmas trees in the foyer of the Kennecott Building and at Eagle Gate Plaza in Salt Lake City.

Ted Hepworth, a stationary engineer and maintenance specialist, retired in 1982 and has been working in the family floral business ever since. Three of the Hepworths' children, Quinn, 25; Grant, 28; and Jaynee, 22, have worked in the business through the years.

When retail volume grew 30 percent from 1988 to 1989, Quinn Hepworth joined his mother full-time as co-manager of the Centerville store.

This year, they say, business has grown by more than 35 percent.

Since there was no florist in Farmington and many of their customers were in north Davis County, they opened a store at 48 N. 100 East on Nov. 16.

"All through the years, I've seen people's interest in flowers and plants increase steadily. My family is in a good business," Jewel Hepworth said.