34 Years of Beauty: Don King

By Leslie Moore

34 Years of Beauty: Don King

Don King, Kings Florist

For 34 years Don King, owner of King’s Florist, has been known in Socastee and throughout the Grand Strand, as an amazing florist and all around nice guy. King’s Florist has been named “Best on the Beach” in the Sun News for the past eleven years and is consistently awarded either first or second place in the newspaper’s “Reader’s Choice Awards” as well. A native of Conway, Don loves being a part of the Socastee Community.

“Socastee is a melting pot,” Don began. “People have settled here from all over. It’s convenient to the beach, and we have most everything here you need!” Don went on to tell me about the friendliness of the community and the many close ties he has made here in his years in business. “Flowers are the best gift in the world,” Don said as we sat, surrounded by flowers, in his shop. “When someone gets a bouquet, their eyes light up and they automatically smell the blooms.”

Always artistically inclined, Don grew up on a tobacco farm and noticed a neighbor’s beautiful flowers on the days when he was working in the fields. “I always thought that God created this beauty for us to enjoy!”

Today, the popular florist’s three grandchildren, two boys and a girl, keep Don and Mona, his wife of 46 years, very busy. “We open at 7 am and close at 6 pm – I used to work the entire day, but now I have eleven wonderful employees who help me.”

Don also believes in giving back to his community and helps Socastee High School with plants and flowers whenever they have an event. I asked Don about his favorite places to eat in Socastee and he immediately said Athen’s Pizza. “I love their Italian sub.” He shops locally as much as possible and says Socastee Hardware always has what he needs.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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