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September 29, 2012

Shop Talk: Sidney House of Flowers


What have you learned from your work?

I’ve learned that it can be somewhat stressful at times, such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. People do order (from me), but they tend to wait until the last minute. But I enjoy it. The people I work with, such as the people I order flowers from, are all just friendly and helpful. Flower people are nice people.

I am trying to put it out there to the public to supply flowers in your offices because they are uplifting. It gives employees something to think about in addition to work. 

I have just had a website designed. People can see the arrangements that I do. The website is

What is the most challenging part of what you do? 

The most challenging parts are the holidays — getting everything done on time, making sure that I have enough of all the flowers that I will need. I base that on the previous year, but sometimes (the estimate) is off. It’s difficult to gauge what I will need.

What sets you apart from your competitors?

I am in a convenient location. Also, because I have been in this town and worked with the public for 30 years, I pretty much know everyone. That helps a lot.

What advice would you give to someone trying to enter your field of work?

You have got to be willing to really put yourself out there, and when it is busy, you have to be prepared to really live in the shop. You’ve go to be flexible. A lot of my bread and butter is funeral work. If I decide to go away, I will miss that business. Also, you have got to find ways to do something when business is slow. Luckily, I can do some of the crafts to bide my time until I get in business.

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