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COMFORTABLE SURROUNDINGS: Jeffrey Kerkhoff, owner of Jephry Floral Studio on Broadway in Providence, with customer Melissa Lamoine of Cumberland. Kerkhoff said he feels comfortable in a neighborhood that has improved in value and esteem since he first opened his floral business 20 years ago.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
COMFORTABLE SURROUNDINGS: Jeffrey Kerkhoff, owner of Jephry Floral Studio on Broadway in Providence, with customer Melissa Lamoine of Cumberland. Kerkhoff said he feels comfortable in a neighborhood that has improved in value and esteem since he first opened his floral business 20 years ago.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Twenty years ago, Jeffrey Kerkhoff opened a floral ­studio in a narrow backroom of an upholstery business on Broadway, on the west side of Federal Hill in Providence. The space didn’t have a professional sink. He cleaned emptied flower pots and containers by taking them into the bathroom and washing them in a portable tub…

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