Bubbles’ Blossom Design
My business is to help spread joy! I make flower creations from a single stem to grand wedding designs. I strive to fit any budget and to include a personal touch to every piece.
In Business Since 2018
Best Community Impact
What motivated you to start your business and what core cause do you support?
I wanted a business that filled a need for the village of Clinton. I wanted to be able to work and live in Clinton and be home for my school-aged children. What I had no idea of in the beginning was how supportive our wonderful residents are and how much they care about brightening someone's day. Because of this support and care, it is very important to me to create a personalized experience for each customer. I want everyone who orders a bouquet to feel that it has been made "just for" the recipient. While the flowers are often leaving my hands, I truly am the luckiest one, as I get to help create joy on the most joyous of occasions, offer support in times of grief. Flowers are so symbolic in so many ways and speak volumes when there are those at a loss for words. A huge thank you to my wonderful Village for letting me use my creativity to help you show your love and appreciation for those that mean the most to you.
Why do you deserve to win the Best Community Impact award?
I think the best way to summarize is to say that I LOVE THE VILLAGE OF CLINTON! I make this very well-known by my enthusiasm to partake in activities, contribute to the well-being of our beloved residents, and to ensure that my product is something they feel good about purchasing with their hard-earned money. I could not imagine having my small business anywhere else, because I feel so close to everyone here that I am able to put my whole heart into everything I do.
What motivated you to start your business? What challenges did you overcome as a Solopreneur?
I have had many different jobs in my 39 years on this earth. Prior to having my two little girls (now aged 6 and 8) I had a wonderful job caring for the elderly as an aide in a residential facility. However, I really felt a need to be the one who could be home with my babies. After moving to Clinton from Savona, I found myself happy to be there for my littles and happy to be busy within the community... but I always had a nagging drive to do more to contribute to our household. Knowing that it was a short couple of years until both of the girls went to school full-time, I felt as though I needed to find some sort of work. However, a lot of jobs here require a lot of travelling, and with my husband commuting to his office in Kamloops 5 days a week (pre-COVID times), I still wanted to have the flexibility to be able to meet the needs of my children at the drop of a hat. I worked at a beautiful flower shop in Prince Rupert from age 15 to 19 and was blessed to learn how to arrange flowers, as well as some of the inner workings of the business. It is almost as though I ignored any possibility fo floral design as a career (as someone who went to college for technical theatre, and for a job in healthcare). However, after making some floral arrangements for my grandmother's funeral in 2018, my Mom encouraged me to make it my business. I finally decided to give it a try. Knowing there was nowhere to buy fresh flowers in Clinton, I figured if I could just obtain a used floral cooler and some of the basic tools of the trade, I'd be able to buy wholesale from Vancouver and sell stems out of our home. And so it began... Mother's Day was my first real opening. Though I was (am sometimes still am) full of self-doubt and nerves, I garnered sales and interest in my designs. It is really hard to present your work to others and even put a price on it sometimes, but what keeps me going is the faith that I always strive to stay true to mission and provide my customers with quality work.
Why do you deserve to win the Best Solopreneur award?
Part of me wants to say that I don't deserve to win! I have never been one to take a compliment very well, and this nomination was a surprise to me! However, I like to push out of my comfort zone. That being said, I would say that my winning qualities would be the heart I put into my business. I am a firm believer in quality product and making sure customers are happy. Then I go beyond that and make sure that I make each piece personalized to the person buying it or the recipient of it. I truly love to give back as much as I get from the community, because it is a wonderful place to be and I am more than privileged to be a business owner here.
Premier's People's Choice
I am very customer focused. I really love connecting with people and I feel that I care about the story behind their purchase more than what my income will be. I feel that not only is it important, but necessary to bend your schedule once in awhile to suit the needs of clients in a small town. They choose to buy from you. In a world of Amazon, Ebay and everything shippable over two days, if they want you to provide a bouquet, but can only pick it up at 7am... you had better be out there in your jammies on the street holding a bouquet! THAT is what small-town service is about.