It’s Over…for now.

Sometimes I have to turn on a dime to make things work between the business, home life and getting some “me” time.

Florist Log January 06

Christmas and New Year celebrations are mostly complete. Sure there are lights up and some folks are to celebrate in the coming days. But things are going forward. This was a weird one; more than it being the first full Christmas on my own as florist. (Last year FlowerFive was closed from Christmas Eve to…

Shop Small Now and Beyond

It is that time—the holidays—the favorite of many a starry eyed child as well as the staunchly adult. Many of us love this time of year; the coolness in the air, the promise of good tidings. Some of us dread the family dinners. But most everyone enjoys the thought of joy which is conferred at…

Shop and Share Gift Cards

Times are still challenging. Folks are tired of being sequestered and would like to get closer to some semblance of celebrating the upcoming season. Many small businesses are limping along. Restaurants are highlighted quite often as needing help from the community in the way of gaining patronage. But other shops—local small businesses—need your help as…

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…

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…