Charlotte Pierce, owner of The Flower Shop, is this week’s Midweek Mugging recipient.
The Flower Shop is located at 1705 Barrington St. in downtown Halifax. Pierce and her team provide floral arrangements for corporate events and weddings, while also catering to those who come in to find plants for their homes.
“We do a lot of loose, luscious greenery arrangements, which is just a little more organic than a Superstore bouquet,” Pierce said.
Pierce, who is from Halifax and previously worked with the government in small business, took over the shop six years ago when the previous owner retired. She is the fourth owner.
Pierce said she was interested in plants before she bought the store but, “not to the point where I had to own a flower shop,” she laughed. “I just had this life-changing thought, you know—this is the career path I want to go down.”
“In a way I just kind of bit the bullet, and I’m like, this is what I’m doing, and this is what I’m creating, and now I’m reaping that benefit of being able to be in [the business],” she said.
Pierce said there’s about 25 different varieties of plants available in the store, such as succulents, olive trees and orchids.
When selecting what to offer, Pierce said she tends to listen to what customers request while also paying attention to colours, and rotates the types of flowers depending on the season.
The most sought after flowers at the moment are peonies, Pierce said.
The Flower Shop also offers workshops for customers to create their own floral arrangements. Workshops generally have eight students per class, and are taught by either Pierce or one of her staff members.
Pierce said she changes the workshops throughout the year, offering classes on wreaths and garlands during the Christmas season. Currently, the terrarium workshop is the most popular.
“Plants are a trendy thing among young people now,” she said.
Summer is a busy time for Pierce and her staff, as wedding season is in full swing from June to October, she said.
“It’s pretty fun when we’re here in the summer at night doing a wedding, that’s what is exciting to us, because they’re often high-end flowers, so stuff that we gush over.” Pierce said, “It’s kind of like playing dress up in a way, holding the bouquet up in the mirror and making sure it’s all good.”