Chapel Hill's 'famous flower ladies' are a dying breed. In the late 1960s and early 1970s a city ordinance forced sidewalk peddlers into the alleys, but the North Carolina National Bank invited the flower ladies to move into the plaza. Rosie Bell Stone spent the past fifty years selling flowers just off Franklin Street. Her mother started the tradition in Durham about sixty years ago and eventually it spread to Chapel Hill. There used to be eighteen flower ladies working at one time, but now there are only a few. According to Rosie Stone, the flower ladies' daughters don't want to take over the tradition. The flower ladies grow the flowers themselves and have to work late and get up early. Although the number of customers have also dwindled and their buying habits have changed the flower ladies passion for selling flowers remains the same.