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…

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…

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…

Summer over but heat is still on.

This past week was a challenge getting the flowers with shipping delays. Luckily Tampa was spared any substantial devastation from hurricane Dorian. Flower vending schedule went as planned. But I did have to get out to the wholesaler at 6:30am on Thursday (rather than Wednesday at a reasonable hour) rush home and get the bouquets…

Flower Schedule Due to Dorian

Thursday, September 5 hours will be adjusted because flower shipments are on hold until after Wednesday September 4. I will be at the Starbuck’s location as soon at I can pick up, process and design the flower bunches.

Ybor Market 19.0817

Saturday got off to a late start. But I was still lucky to get under the pavilion. Another vendor was nice enough to share her space with me. It was a good thing too. Because we had a downpour at about 10:30am. I see now why so many vendors opted to be no shows. We…