Eitel's was founded in 1908 by Ken's great-grandfather and opened as Growers in Greenhouses on Melrose Avenue on the city's north side
John Eitel and Florist opened in 1913 and conducted businesses at several courthouse square sites before locating at the current 17 S. Vine St. location in 1946.
Jenny Sullivan, a former business owner herself, was first employed by Eitel's part-time in 2004, then later as sales and display coordinator, developing her floral and management skills.
"When I turned 62, I had started to refocus my life's interests," Ken Eitel said. "Jenny became interested in assuming more management responsibility and was appointed general manager.
"As I celebrate my 65th birthday," he continued, "our family feels fortunate to have the Sullivans carry on the values and heritage established by John Eitel over 100 years ago."
The Sullivans are excited about the future.
"Kent and I feel very blessed with this opportunity," Jenny said. "Over the past three years as general manager, the relationship with Ken and Jackie has been positive and forward thinking. I have been especially fortunate to have the support and knowledge of Sandy McCloud, an employee of Eitel's Flowers and Gifts for over 30 years, and an exceptional staff of floral professionals."
Sullivan is involved in the community as president pf Delta Theta Tau sorority. A member of the Rotary Club of Greencastle Board of Directors, she will continue to support the community through events like next month's annual Friendship Day.
"Kent and I are committed to building community and the well-being of the courthouse square as well as the established commitment to customer service."
Ken and Jackie Eitel remain the owners of the business property at 17 S. Vine St., and will continue to actively participate in community organizations and the quality of life in the Greencastle community.
"Jenny and Kent's investment and enthusiasm demonstrates confidence in the future of Greencastle," Eitel said. "We are thankful for our loyal customers and are committed to the Sullivans' success."