The store became an oasis of summer among the snowdrifts. There they traded in elegant bouquets and potted plants.
Delicate goods were brought from Sochi especially for the Norilsk people. In those years, flowers were in great shortage. On March 8, huge queues lined up to buy them, and before the weddings they tried to agree in advance with the greenhouses, or even grow something at home.
The townspeople often came to the store just to admire, and not only the flowers, but also the interiors. A pebble grotto, a pool with goldfish, cages with canaries and parrots transferred the admirers from the Arctic to the subtropics.
Originally the Flowers store shared one building with the first Norilsk bus station. There was even a bus stop behind the store in the yard.
When the bus station moved to Nansen street in 1983, a souvenir department was opened in its place.
In previous issues of the History Spot photo project, we told that the first Norilsk stores had no names, and the Taimyr restaurant took prize at VDNKh in 1969: Norilsk residents conquered Moscow with northern cuisine and polar exotic.
Text: Svetlana Samohina, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive