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Tiny’s Flowers still open after crash late Thursday night

“I’ll be here as usual,” says owner Tiny Noble

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (August 23, 2018) – Around 9:00pm on Thursday, August 23, a car veered off Torrence Avenue and drove into the front window of Tiny’s Flowers. Details about the driver are currently unavailable, and as of this writing, the cause of the accident is still being determined.

Owner Tiny Noble had left her shop just minutes before the crash. She returned to survey the damage. (Photo provided)
The damage was signifiant, but not structural. (Photo provided)
Tiny does not own the building, so her insurance coverage is for her inventory and furnishings. (Photo provided)
Tiny is well known for her “throne” chairs, which she rents out for events and photos. Both chairs were damaged in the crash. (Photo provided)
Clean-up begins Friday morning. The shop will be open for business, though response times may be delayed. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
“I may be pumped full of Coke and coffee, but I’ll be here,” says Tiny. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The large display window is boarded up, but Tiny will be inside, making things beautiful again. Bonus fact: James, the Rich Construction employee who came out to do the board-up, is the same guy who boarded up Dairy Queen in Homewood following that crash in July. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Tiny’s Flowers is located at 18055 Torrence Avenue in Lansing. Visit for more information.


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. SO very sorry, Tiny! I hope you can get lots of help cleaning up and putting things back in order there!!! And I hope they find out who did it — catch him/her — and lock them up!!!!! Prayers as you get the shop beautiful again.

  2. Tiny, I just met you a few hours earlier when I brought vases and a basket to you for your wonderful Thanksgiving donations. You are such a sweet lady and an asset to our community. I hope this doesn’t have a really adverse on your growing business. Much luck to you. I was so impressed after meeting you and I’m so sorry this happened.

  3. Oh no! Just Wednesday I was driving by and admiring your window display (again!) and was thinking how it adds beauty to Torrence Avenue. I am so sorry this happened, Tiny, but I know your faith, sense of humor, and positive attitude can and will overcome all obstacles!

  4. If God is with you, who can be against you, this is just a slight snag.
    Thank God you were not in that vehicle’s path, and that you can replace anything material. That store will be up and running as usual looking even more beautiful!! Prayers for immediate relief !

  5. Thank you Everyone, God is so good and I’m glad I was gone. Keep me in your continued prayers and as soon it gorgeous again inside I promise to give you a fabulous window display.


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