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By Miriam Raftery

September 11, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – The Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce hosting a ribbon-cutting today for its newest member, Vienna Flowers.

“I grew into this,” said owner Vincent Shonia. “My mother and father have been in the business for over 23 years."

The shop specializes in weddings, corporate events, charitable and school functions, also offering an attractive assortment of bouquets and cut flowers including long-stemmed roses.


Located at 1530 Jamacha in the Rancho San Diego area of El Cajon, the floral shop opened in March. Initially, times were slow, but as word spread, business has blossomed.

Vincent and his wife, Vanessa, are Chaldean Christians from Iraq. “It’s a big community here,” he says, estimating that San Diego County now has around 100,000 Chaldeans, including

40,000 to 45,000 documented refugees as well as family members and others who have moved here from other parts of the country. But his business isn’t limited to Chaldeans in East County.


“We do many Hispanic weddings, as well as African-American, Chinese, and also Chaldean,” said the owner, who gave away free roses to all guests and served up appetizers and desserts—including some delicious treats home-made by his mother.

Representatives of Assemblyman Joel Anderson and Congressman Duncan Hunter were on hand to present proclamations at today’s ribbon-cutting, which also included live music.

For more information about Vienna Flowers, visit

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