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This hotel owner once hawked flowers on street corners

This hotel owner once hawked flowers on street corners

Robert Cohen, 87, is co-founder and co-owner of Burton Way Hotels Ltd., a Los Angeles firm that owns apartment complexes, motels and hotels, including the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.


Flower power

Cohen’s parents, Ezra and Ester, ran the Central Avenue Flower Shop in Los Angeles, and their 10 children pitched in. “As soon as you're almost old enough to walk, you're in business,” he said. “I used to sell on Slauson Avenue, Slauson and Crenshaw. When the racetrack would break, I used to run down to cars, yell the same thing. ‘Nickel a bunch! Sweet Peas! Nickel a bunch! Six for a quarter!’ We only knew hard work. The only way to make it in this world is to...

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