The longest journey begins with a single step.
So is the case with Sherry and Henry Fiser, residents of
the Lake of the Pines area for the past 24 years. Their
journey has been long and has taken a couple of artistic
detours, but step-by-step, the Fisers’ journey through life
has been fascinating and fulfilling.
Henry was born in France and, at the young age of 14, began
the first passion of his life — food. He is trained as a
French chef and, after immigrating to the United States in
1973, in 1977 opened La Ruche, a swank, very popular country
French restaurant in West Hollywood. The quiet hideaway was
next door to the famous Chateau Marmont Hotel.
It was at La Ruche that Henry met Sherry, the love of his
life. Sherry walked in as a customer and, within weeks, she
was the restaurant hostess. Within 10 months the two married
in the restaurant.
The Chateau Marmont Hotel was a very discreet, luxurious,
famous hotel, catering to Hollywood’s elite and visiting
“Daily, many of the famous actors of the ’70s would come in
— Paul Newman, Rock Hudson, Bette Davis,” Sherry said. “We had
movie directors and rock stars also — Elton John, Barry
Manilow — it’s hard to remember all of them.”
La Ruche only seated 55 and it soon became popular as a
secluded dining spot for many of Hollywood’s players.
For the Fisers, art is life, art is food, art is furniture
and art is flower arranging. They have applied their unique
blend of artistic composition to all of these mediums.
Picking up a few pointers from two very famous heavy
hitters in the Hollywood floral business, they soon began
doing flower arranging for their own restaurant as well as
weddings and receptions for many of their customers.
“I remember we did movie director John Landis’ wedding,”
Henry said. “We left the restaurant at midnight, went to the
flower market, and worked on the arrangements ’til the wedding
started that day.”
Next came the couple’s furniture-building phase. Again
calling on the contacts of the rich and famous cultivated by
years in Hollywood, they applied their artistic talents to
bentwood willow and pine craftsman furniture.
Dealing with a few designers, they immediately landed a
large contract from Steven Spielberg doing the interior and
exterior furniture for his Amblin Studios and specialty
furniture for his home. That contract would last for more than
a year. At that point, they sold the restaurant to their chef
and went into furniture building full time.
In the early ’80s, Sherry talked Henry into leaving
Southern California and moving north where she had family.
They bought a fixer-upper on five acres near Lake of the
The couple continued to build furniture for clients down
south and began cultivating new clients up north. Besides
Spielberg, they built unique bohemian and southwest-style
furniture, gazebos and trellises for Sharon Stone, Barbra
Streisand and many other famous and not-so-famous clients.
In 2000, after Henry fell from a roof, the Fisers began
looking for a way to make a living doing something less
He took a part-time job at the florist the couple would
soon buy. In 2001, the Fisers purchased the Country Florist
off Combie Road.
“We love it here and often say, ‘Why didn’t we open this
shop 20 years ago?’” Henry said.
Open six days a week, the Fisers apply their artistic
talents designing unique arrangements, and they have settled
into their third career nicely.
The Fisers have been married for 28 years. They bring their
dogs to work with them each day and still live on their
acreage across Highway 49 from the shop.