Michelle Adkins celebrated her fifth year as owner of Longwood Florist this weekend.
She says that those years have been a struggle from day one.
"When you purchase a business, it's supposed to be the best time of your life, like giving birth to a child. And we've really struggled with this baby," Adkins says.
Like many other small businesses in the area that have felt the economic impact of the recession, Adkins has had to cut employees and raise prices to make ends meet.
But there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
Adkins says that her business has been doing better this year.
And a lot of other small businesses in Downtown Bedford are singing the same tune.
For the first time since 2008, more businesses opened than closed in the town of Bedford in 2012.
According to Sue Montgomery of Bedford Mainstreet Inc., things are looking up this year, as well. She says businesses are doing even better than they did in 2012.