Pictured above: Howard Hurst


Winner, Best Florist

Winner, Best Gift Shop

Winner, Best Party Planning/Products/Rentals

Winner, Best Seasonal Designer

It is hard to argue with quality and dedication that spans three generations and has survived two pandemics (Spanish flu and COVID-19 for those wondering). Howard Hurst, president and CEO of Tipton & Hurst, took over the family business in 1984, just shy of a century after his grandfather, Joseph Hurst, opened up shop with David Tipton in 1886.


“I grew up in and around the business, helping where I could, from odd jobs as a teenager to working in marketing as a college graduate. I knew from an early age that I wanted to be in the family business,” he said.


The company’s 137 years of success have all come down to Tipton & Hurst’s commitment to guaranteed satisfaction. If there is a mistake, the company will always work tirelessly to make it right. Tipton & Hurst stands by the quality of its products, and for good reason; those products, more often than not, furnish customers’ most memorable occasions.


“It’s very gratifying to be a part of important moments in the lives of our customers,” Hurst said. “From the birth of a beloved grandchild to a treasured daughter’s wedding to the death of a cherished loved one, Tipton & Hurst brings comfort and trust to consequential life events, as well as beauty and happiness in everyday ways.”


Tipton & Hurst is much more than a florist — just step inside a Tipton & Hurst storefront to find out. The company is quickly becoming the state’s foremost provider of gifts, home decor, food and bridal needs, as well.


“Our primary goal is to continue to be the premier provider in the South of fine gifts, florals and home decor,” Hurst said. “We plan to expand our reach and upgrade technology and systems, ultimately improving the shopping experience for our customers far and wide.”


Hurst is humbled to see Tipton & Hurst recognized as one of AY’s Best of 2023, but true to form, he is not content to let the company rest on its laurels.


“We only improve and grow by creating a customer-driven experience. We thrive on feedback,” he explained. “Of course, we appreciate your vote, but most importantly, we want to hear from you so we can learn how to earn that vote year after year.” 

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