Island Print Express, owned by Joe Dalipem had its grand opening on Thursday, May 8, at 2534 Santa Clara Ave.
The new Alameda business–also known as IPX–is located in the retail space that used to house Olympic Florist at the corner of Santa Clara Avenue and Broadway (next to the Lemon Tree).
According to one community member’s post on social media, the store owner has already donated services and supplies to support the Ethical Fashion Show 2014 (set to take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, at South Shore Center as a benefit for Girls Inc. of the Island City).
The floral shop was in business at the site for 34 years, before it closed in June 2013. Pam Earl ran it for many years with her late husband Gary Earl.
Pam a military kid, has lived in Alameda since 1968 and graduated from Alameda High School. Gary, who died of cancer in late 2011, came to the Bay Area from Utah.
“He was a florist all his life,” she said at the time of the store’s closing. He learned the trade from the father of his best friend, who had a flower shop. “And that’s how it all got started,” she explained.
(Thanks to Trish Herrera Spencer for posting this photo of the Grand Opening on social media.)