About the Company
Founded in 1932, Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts has one of the longest family floral legacies in the state. In 1990, the third generation of ownership began with Kent and Cindy Whitnah. They continue to carry on the tradition of reliable freshness and quality of all products, with two locations serving the Oklahoma City area and offering same day delivery. All of our deliveries are kept in our 7,000 cubic foot walk-in cooler to ensure the freshness and longevity of our flowers.
Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts is committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why we always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect.
Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts
5809 S. Western
Oklahoma City, OK 73109Other Locations ^
Our store is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
We are closed on Sundays.
To help assure on-time delivery during the busy holiday season, place your order at least 1 day prior to the following major holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Valentine's Day, Easter, Administrative Professionals Week, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.
Our store will always be closed on the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.
If you have any questions or need more information, please call us directly at (800) 526-4852
We're always here to serve you and make your flower-sending experience a pleasure.
|Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts – Main Shop||Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts – Earlywine|
|5809 South Western Ave||11904 South May Ave|
|Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73109||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73170|
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We specialize in the following services:
- Large inventory of fresh flowers
- Dish gardens
- Contemporary and traditional arrangements
- Funeral designs
- Extensive gift line
- Gourmet and fruit baskets
We accept the following payment methods:
Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts delivers Monday through Saturday.
Orders for delivery in the Metro Oklahoma City Area that are received by 2PM CST (Noon on Saturdays), can generally be delivered SAME-DAY. This is based on order volume for that day and you will be contacted by phone if we cannot accommodate your delivery date/time request.
All other U.S. orders received by noon in the recipient's time zone will be delivered same day.
We will do our best to accommodate special delivery times, but are unable to guarantee times on internet orders.
A local delivery fee of $15.95 applies to each order, for each address. For deliveries outside our local delivery area, this fee may vary.
We accommodate delivery of orders to most rural routes. You will be contacted by phone if we cannot accommodate a rural delivery request.
Deliveries can be made to cemeteries for funeral services only. We do not deliver to cemeteries for memorial tributes.
Please call us directly for international orders as we are unable to accept international orders over the Internet.
MAIN SHOP 5809 SOUTH WESTERN AVENUE
We serve the follwing areas in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City, Moore, Norman, Nichols Hils, The Village, Del City, Westmoore, Valley Brook, Warr Acres, Edmond, Midwest City
We also serve the following facilities:
Alterra Clare Bridge
Alvira Heights Manor
Amberwood Nursing Center
Baptist Retirement Center
Bellevue Northwest Nursing Center
Bentley Manor Nursing Center
Bill Eisenhour Funeral Homes
Bill Merritt Funeral Home
Bone and Joint Hospital
Candle Lake Senior Center
Canterbury Health Center
Carestone Assisted Living
Chapel Hill Funeral Home
Classen Senior Center
Colonial Manor Nursing Home
Danforth Senior Center
Edwards Redeemer Nursing Center
Fallon Mortuary Services
Fountains At Canterbury
Grace Living Center
Guardian Funeral Homes
Hearthstone at Quail Springs
Hefner Mansions Retirement Center
HillCrest Health Center
Hillcrest Senior Center
Howard Harris Funeral Service
Hunter Funeral Home
Integris Baptist Medical Center
Jeltz Senior Center
Lakes Assisted Living
Lakeside Women’s Hospital
Manor Care Health Service
McBride Orthopedic Hospital
McKay-Davis Funeral Home
Memorial Park Cemetery
Memorial Park Funeral Home
Mercer Adams Funeral Home
Mercy Health Center
Midwest Rehab Medicine
Northwest Nursing Center
Noval Senior Care
Oklahoma Heart Hospital
Oklahoma Physicians Hospital
Oklahoma Spine Hospital
Oklahoma Surgery & Urology Center
OU Medical Center
Paylor Funeral Home
Pollard Funeral Home
Reding Senior Center
Resthaven Funeral Home
Rolfe Funeral Home
Rose Hill Burial Park
Rosewood Funeral Home
Saint Michael Hospital
Shepard Manor Retirement Center
Skyview Nursing Center
Smith & Kernke Funeral Home
Sommerset Assisted Living
South Park Health Care Center
Southern Oaks Nursing Center
Southwest Medical Center
St. Ann Retirement Center
St. Anns Home
St. Anthony Heart Hospital
St. Anthony Hospital
Sunny Lane Cemetery
Superbia Retirement Village
Susana Wesley Center at Epworth
Sweetbriar Nursing Center
Temple & Sons Funeral Director
The Children’s Hospital
US Veterans Medical Center
Valir Rehab Center
Village on the Park
Vondel L. Smith & Son Mortuary
Walnut Garden Suites
Wellington at Oklahoma City
Wesley Retirement Village
Will Rogers Courts
Windsor Hills Nursing Center
Founded in 1932 by Chester and Nell Whitnah, Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts has one of the longest Family Florist Legacies in the state.
Chester began selling flowers out of his father Louis’ greenhouse in 1928. The greenhouses used coal-burning stoves for heat and as demand grew, Chester built more green houses and added an ice-box (that required a 100lb block of ice every 2 days) and a small sales room. In 1932, they began selling fresh-cut flowers. Chester had 2 acres under irrigation and grew many of their own flowers.
Chester and Nell were an important part of so many families’ lives in Capitol Hill. Even during the difficult depression years, flowers were a source of comfort and an expression of sympathy and joy. And, while World War II raged, they filled many orders from overseas servicemen who wanted to keep that connection at home.
In 1947, Chester bought a “State of the Art!” electric floral refrigerator, and moved in to a new retail shop at 33rd and S. Robinson, in the heart of Capitol Hill.
Nell never met a stranger and was always ready to support a worthy cause. Her signature red hair became a trademark. She would always state that their business began by selling flowers “off of the back porch and out of the cellar.”
On June 26, 1929 Jack Whitnah was born. Chester and Nell’s only child.
Jack literally grew up in the floral business. He joined the 45th Infantry Band in 1948 and was activated to Korea in September 1950. Upon return to Oklahoma City in 1952, Jack went right back to work in the family business.
The staying power of our company is rooted in the unique heritage that our 2nd generation of ownership possessed. Jack Whitnah met Burny Higdon at a florist convention in 1952. Burny’s family owned Higdon’s Florist and Greenhouses, the largest floral and greenhouse operation in the state at that time. Higdon’s began in 1927 on old Route 66 just west of May Avenue, in Oklahoma City.
Jack and Burny were married the next year - April 18, 1953. Burny brought with her the Higdon motto “Many hands together and Soon the Work is Done!” this has become a Whitnah Creed. Jack and Burny began not only a marriage that has lasted 60 years, but also continued to build a business on what they knew best – FLOWERS!
In 1954, Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts moved to 1433 S.W. 29th. The leased space next to T.G &Y. was much bigger and a great location.
In 1964, ground was broken on a 5000 square foot Floral Shop located at 5809 S. Western Ave. This is still the location of our Main Store. Nell was always quoted as saying that at the time they built there was “Nothin’ but MUD from here to Norman!”
From there, the Whitnah family grew the business in good times and survived the bad. And as the business grew, so did the family. Jack and Burny had 4 children; Nikki, Dee Ann, Ted and Kent. After marriages, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren the total # of family members has reached 26!
The whole family (including Burny’s sister Char Higdon-Gulick) would pitch in and help at the biggest holidays. Whether it was design, delivery or just sweeping up, it was and still is a family affair.
Jack and Burny both turned 87 years old in 2016. They are both retired.
And the legacy Continues
In 1990, the 3rd Generation of ownership began. Kent Whitnah carry on the tradition, of reliable freshness and quality of product, along with extraordinary customer service. 4th generation grandchildren have routinely worked their way through high school and college by pitching-in at the shop. Kent and Cindy’s kids do too; Chet (20), Shaley (18) and Cooper (13).
Kent is a Graduate of the University of Oklahoma; BBA, MIS in 1988.
In 1994, the company acquired the local phone # 356-9377. This easy-to-remember phone number spells FLOWERS and has proved to be a very successful marketing tool.
In 2001, Kent partnered with a local Wholesaler to ensure consistent delivery of fresh floral product. Over 95% of Capitol Hill Florists and Gifts flowers are shipped “Cold Chain”. That is, they are kept in a climate controlled environment throughout the shipping process from the farm. This climate control is the single most important post-harvest procedure to ensure freshness and increased longevity of fresh flowers.
In 2005, we built a new large 7000 cubic foot walk-in cooler. All of our flowers and deliveries are kept at 34 degrees until ready for delivery.
We are proud to offer Same-Day Delivery anywhere in Metro Oklahoma City. We typically accept delivery orders up until 2PM. We believe that this is the latest cutoff of for any florist in OKC.
We are Growing
In 2009, we opened a 2nd store about 5 miles south of the main store. The shop is located at 11904 S. May and specializes not only in floral but also has an extensive line of gift items. The new store is thriving and is filling a much needed niche in the growing Westmoore area.
Couldn’t Do it Alone
While the Whitnah Family has persevered over the last 85 years, we know that the success of our Company is a direct reflection of the effort, skill and dedication of our current employees and many employees over the years.
Our Manager, Patty Wiggins has been with the Company for 22 years. She has been instrumental in our growth and is primarily responsible for the day to day activities at the 2 shops. Patty and the entire staff is an extended family of well-trained professionals with over 150+ years of experience in the floral industry.
In 2016, Kent was very pleased to have Patty join him as a co-owner of Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts.
Awards and Memberships
Teleflora for over 605 years – Top 500 Teleflora Florist Nationwide
F.T.D. for over 60 years
Society of American Florists
Oklahoma State Florist Association
Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce
South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce
Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts has been listed as the Largest Retail Floral Shop in the Oklahoma City area, year after year, in The Journal Record.
In 2017, we celebrated our 85th Anniversary.
We have won or placed in the Top 5 of the Reader’s Choice Award for Best Florist in:
- The Daily Oklahoman
- The Gazette
- The El Nacional
- Moore Monthly
- The El Latino Newspapers.
Kent and Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts are proud supporters of O.U. Athletics and have been continual members and contributors to The Sooner Club, since 1992.