Little Things Matter

The flower buggy has been back at large for a couple of months now. But things are still pretty bleak. Many small businesses are still struggling. The wake of COVID-19  is felt most acutely by the bars and restaurants. But the ripples span to your small local business as well. All independently owned shops are…

Not Quite “Normal”

FlowerFive is going on the third week back at large, in Tampa, with the flower buggy. It has been good and it has been sad. Mother’s day went well. This was my first solo Mother’s Day. It was challenging to face that perpetual ordering conundrum which all retailers face; how much inventory to order or…

Business Operations after COVID-19 Shut Down

This is going to be a really precarious Mother’s Day; for more than one reason. Concerns include things like how businesses are only allowed to operate at 25% capacity. This is my first Mother’s Day vending flowers by myself. Sure, I have worked several years at flower shops in Tampa. But now I am the…

Working Around Lockdown

As many of you are very aware, we are on national lockdown orders. Variations include safe at home, safer at home and perhaps other instructions from state governors telling folks to stay home unless there is a bonafide need to leave. Under the order leaving your home is okay if you need groceries, the doctor,…

Flowers Popping Up

Since my schedule has opened up (laid off the “secure income” job), I have been out and about around Tampa. The goal is to move around to different vending spots on a regular basis. In that way folks in Tampa have more opportunities to get their curated $5 flower bouquets during the week. This week…

Valentine’s Day Best Practices

20.0102 Valentine’s day is one of the busiest days a florist will have during their entire year. It is the day that millions of people buy roses, chocolate and jewelry as an expression of their love and affection. The last year I worked in a flower shop during Valentine’s Day was 2018. It was a…

Love is in the Air

Avoid overpaying for your holiday flowers. Use a local trusted florist.

19.0915 Flower Chronicles

This past week’s weather has been kind in spite of all the storms brewing. It is good to have full use of my Starbuck’s sidewalk spot back. It is great to see regular customers who have decided to make flowers part of their self care and show of affection to others. I was able to…