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Local flower shop blossoms in downtown Turlock
Twisted Stem
Twisted Stem has over 25 different flowers that they can mix and match with for a variety of occasions, including roses from Ecuador, which are typically much larger than other varieties.

Name of business: Twisted Stem

Type of business: Florist

Location: 239 N Broadway, Turlock

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, closed on Sundays

Contact information: (209) 655-9795 or

Specialty: Floral arrangements and bouquets



History of business:

Violette Deter has always been known as creative and a lover of flowers. After having years of experience with arts, crafts and design, she decided to start her own floral shop in Turlock.

Twisted Stem officially opened its doors in January 2017 on 239 N. Broadway. Deter’s daughter, April Colón, works as a manager at the shop and spoke about her mother’s passion for design.

“She has always been very creative and artistic, and she has floral design experience. Not only that, but she just loves design in general as far as interior design, circuit board design and she even designed her house. She's just very crafty,” Colón said.

This particular shop has stood out to community members with their wide variety of foreign flowers. According to Colón, the shop has over 25 different flowers that they can mix and match with for a variety of occasions.

“We're pretty upscale florists,” she said. “Our roses are really popular, especially since we get ours from Ecuador. They're about three times bigger than the typical rose. They really make a statement when we put together, for instance, a dozen roses. We use a lot of tropical flowers since we just like being a little different.”

The shop has provided arrangements of all sizes for events like weddings, proms, anniversaries, quinceaneras and holidays like Mother's Day and Valentine’s Day. Colón added that the shop being located across from Allen Mortuary has led to Twisted Stem being popular for funerals.

Colón explained that no project or idea has been too big or unique for the team at Twisted Stem, and they try their best to accommodate customers.

“We cater to the customer’s needs and that's really important to us,” she said. “We don't have any specific things that we necessarily do, just that if they have a design that they want, we'll make it happen.”

Customers are encouraged to call or stop by the shop to take a look at their selection or get a quote on an arrangement. They can also go online at or reach out through email if they have a special request.

“We really want to emphasize that we're here for the customer,” Colón added. “Literally, we get really different requests and it's a challenge but it’s always very fun to satisfy those requests.”