A Colorful History
Carl Schwartz was born on July 11, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to becoming a florist, he established Cal Shaw and his Orchestra and at the same time he did stand up comedy and comedy writing. He was part of produced hit records and achieved much fame, including appearances at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, Breakers Hotel, Garden Pier and the Ted Mack Show which is the forerunner for American Idol and America’s Got Talent. As a comedian Carl was the opening act for many performers including Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Paul Anka, Louis Armstrong, Wayne Newton and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
Carl’s grandfather started selling flowers in 1918, when he opened up a kiosk in Woolworth’s. Continuing the family tradition, Carl and his brother, Alan, opened their flower shop upon their grandfather’s death in 1967. It was a family business indeed, as both of their parents, Harry and Bunnie, assisted the boys in the business. The two brothers named the shop Shaw Florist & Decorators of Huntington Valley.