“Lo and behold, I’m back!” said Jessa Harris about her return engagement as a florist.
Harris, an author, photographer, and floral artist recently opened The Flower Shoppe of Providence.
And, business seems to be blooming.
“We’ve have had a really good response from the community,” said Harris.
The Flower Shoppe opened its doors Aug. 1 after a delay brought on by the pandemic.
“We listed having a storefront in February, but then COVID hit,” said Harris.
Despite the setback, Harris and her team still managed to create special arrangements during two of the biggest holidays that florists everywhere anticipate.
“We made it through Valentine’s Day, working out of my apartment,” said Harris. “I had a crew of nine helping me get through Mother’s Day. When we did Mother’s Day, we were still in my apartment.”
The Flower Shoppe location is idyllic, just across from the green space in Providence.
“We found this location and we totally gutted it,” said Harris. “It’s gorgeous, it turned out really well.”
In 1997, Harris opened Gunilla’s, her first flower shop. It was housed in an old barbershop on Main Street in Madison.
However, the demands of parenting prompted Harris into closing the shop two years later.
“I had children, went home to raise my babies, and closed the shop,” said Harris. “We closed in 1999, right after Mother’s Day.”
At the time, Harris wasn’t sure if she would return to the floral business.
“I was knee deep in photography, but I had an investor approach me about opening a shop,” she said. “The more we talked about it, the more we considered it, we just thought we’d see what happened if we did.
“And, oh my gosh, it just kind of snowballed!”
The Flower Shoppe is a European-style florist, in that it makes for a great place for friends to gather. There’s inside and outside seating, along with free coffee and tea.
“It’s very community-oriented,” said Harris. “We’ve got this huge table that we work on inside that has barstools around it. You can just come and hang out and chat while we work.”
For those who love bouquets, the Flower Shoppe has a “Fresh Flower Friday” from 3-6 p.m.
“We put buckets of flowers out in our flower cart for you to create your own bouquet and pay by the stem,” said Harris. “We have a lot of men that come and ask us to pull something together so they can take flowers home when they get off work.”
In addition to flower arrangements and other assorted gifts, The Flower Shoppe offers classes in floral design. Harris incorporates her Facebook Live floral design videos into a small instructional event at the shop. The class is limited to eight participants.
For information, visit FlowerShoppeOfProvidence.com