I used to own a flower shop in Century City, California. It was charmingly small, but moreover, it was where countless people would order flowers to pay tribute to the many milestones of their lives; and for this reason, my little flower shop has my respect.
In 1993, my friend Janet and I opened that very small, by appointment only, flower shop in an old vacated church in Santa Monica, California. We called it, “The Flower Studio.” It was perfect – we didn’t have employees, we could come and go as we pleased, we brought our children there to play on the front lawn, and we created some of the most beautiful floral arrangements you could ever imagine. Well, Janet did. I took care of the bookkeeping, but I did enjoy making the deliveries because it was truly wonderful to see the expression on people’s faces when I presented them with these stunning pieces of art. Janet was able to use almost every form of nature in her arrangements… shells, crystals, stones, moss, lichen, mushrooms, feathers, bamboo, leaves, grass, branches – you name it! And somehow she would be able to incorporate it into an arrangement that would take your breath away.
By 1997, our little business took off; so much so that we had to open a retail shop… and so we did, by moving to Century City.
More Than Just Beautiful Arrangements
We could have had our own reality show with all the crazy experiences that transpired. Between our celebrity clientele and our eclectic employees, our small but mighty shop was the talk of the town. This one evening, Janet and I we were working late in preparation for Thanksgiving. A patient from a small hospital down the street wandered into our shop with only a gown and an ID bracelet on. He was clearly off of his medicine and just collapsed on our floor! We were stunned. We made phone calls, said prayers, and tried to calm him as much as we could until the medics came. It was a good thing we were working late that night – who knows where that man would’ve wandered to! The medics were very thankful when they arrived because it was clear we helped save this man’s life. I realized then that our expression of care that night touched this man’s life in ways that I will never know. It was moments like these, where throughout all the craziness, I could step back and realize this little shop was doing more than just make beautiful arrangements.
I am grateful to have owned that little shop with Janet for over 17 years. The love, the joy, and the challenging experiences are something I will long remember… with gratitude.
Photo by Stephen O’Bryan of SOB Photos
Floral arrangement by Robin Snyder, Mulberry Row
Jean is a Professional Religious Science Practitioner, Reiki Master and Sound Healer. She grew up on Long Island, NY, and now lives in Los Angeles with her wonderful husband of 29 years, Alex, and has 2 amazing adult children, Matthew and Emily. Jean enjoys taking long walks, watching movies, and traveling. She is very grateful for her family, Willy the dog, friends and good coffee.
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