One thing we love about Greenfield is that it is always growing and changing. We’re taking a look at some of the movers and shakers making changes to local businesses for 2022, including Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Penny’s Florist and Joyner Homes. As a growing city, we continue to see the opportunity for local businesses and employees alike to find success in a community that they love.

Stillinger Family Funeral Home acquires Penny’s Florist

In a move that seems like a perfect fit, Stillinger Family Funeral Home has purchased local floral provider Penny’s Florist and plans to move into the former Jim Dandy’s restaurant location at 800 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield. According to the Greenfield Reporter, Stillinger will be leasing this property from Costas Stylianou, the owner of Lincoln Square Pancake House, after he bought the restaurant upon an announcement that the chain would no longer be reopening their Greenfield location after a temporary closure that began in late 2020. 

The new Penny’s Florist location is currently undergoing renovations, with plans for the dining room to serve as a floral and home item display space for an opening in early 2022. Penny’s will be keeping on their current staff, as well as Denna Gundrum, current owner and daughter of its namesake, as manager for the coming year. She was the one who approached David Stillinger, owner of Stillinger Family Funeral Home to discuss the future of her business. 

“Stillinger Family Funeral Home has been partnering with Penny’s Florist for years and I have had the honor of being longtime family friends,” said Stillinger. “I am grateful for the opportunity to take over this community staple and help grow it further. I and the entire Penny’s team are incredibly excited for the larger, updated location and the impact it will have on the great customers we serve here in the community.”

Joyner Homes purchases First Presbyterian Church location

Among the reasons for Greenfield’s expanding business scene are the growing neighborhoods, new homes and custom builders that continue to house new residents in our community. One custom builder is the local Joyner Homes, which primarily builds homes in subdivisions in Hancock County or on a homeowner’s purchased plot of land. They also build within Rush County, Western Henry County, Northern Shelby County, Southern Hamilton County, and have recently expanded into building in Fortville, New Palestine, Pendleton, and Franklin Township.

With the amount of business they’ve been doing in the community, Joyner had a need for more space in their downtown Greenfield offices, recently purchasing the historic First Presbyterian Church property at 116 W South St. “When we learned that First Presbyterian Church was going to be for sale right next door to our downtown offices, it seemed to be the perfect fit for us as we were looking to expand our office space,” said Sara Joyner, co-owner of Joyner Homes with her husband, Tom. “We are bursting at the seams and the location is perfect!”

With their extensive experience in building homes, the Joyner team looks forward to the renovations they can make to the church property. “We are also excited about renovating and preserving a great historic landmark in the downtown area,” said Joyner. “‘The Church on Penn’ will house offices for our growing staff on the second story and Meng’s Martial Arts has found a new home for their studio in the basement. We have kept the sanctuary the same for now, but we are thinking through future plans for that space too!”

[Photos: Joyner Homes Pinterest, Penny’s Florist Facebook, Stillinger Family Funeral Home Website]