Background: I studied horticulture at N.C. State. I have always loved flowers. I planted flowers no matter where we lived in the world.
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Early Days: I saw the shop (on Broad Street) and thought, ‘Oh my goodness, that could be a beautiful flower shop.’ It still has the beautiful tin ceiling and original wood floor. It’s very quaint and homey.
At first, there were no customers. I would sit here day after day and nobody would come in and look around. But it started — in Fuquay, if you do a good job, everybody hears about it…. People here told their friends, and those friends told someone else, and that’s what got it started.
Open Concept: We don’t have a door in between our retail space and our design room. We welcome people and want them to come and see what we do and how we put arrangements together.
Best and Worst: There’s no doubt about it, you can’t work in a flower shop and not be emotional. We see when people are at their deepest despair and the very happiest day of their lives. That’s what I love about my business, our industry — we help with emotions in those kinds of times, good or bad. I think flowers make a difference.
Petal it Forward: The Society of American Florists started a program called Petal it Forward. The idea was you give two bunches of flowers to one person, one for them to keep and one to give. People just get so excited.
So then three or four years ago, Chief Laura (Fahnestock) and I talked. The Fuquay-Varina Police Department volunteered to go to the communities that they feel need some happiness to give out flowers, or go to a retail space to give out flowers, and so they’ve helped us with that the last three or four years.
Flowers on Broad Street
517 Broad St, Fuquay-Varina