It was actually another local business owner who was leasing part of her business space that lead me to the Hailstone Feed Store. Heather posted an ad on Craigslist. I went to see her darling space which was on a second floor, not conducive to a floral shop. She suggested I talk to another gentleman who managed a number of Front Street storefronts. It was Keith who then suggested I reach out to the Downtown Issaquah Association.
I could not believe what I heard! I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve driven past, walked past, strolled past, even biked past this local landmark. I had no idea it was rentable…this whole time!
And that’s how the pop-up flower shop came to life.
Tomorrow is a big day. I’ll be up at 5am, in Seattle by 6, and begin gathering close to a thousand American grown flowers. The majority were pre-ordered several weeks ago, but I want to be there early to hand select several more bunches. My pre-order has lots of pretty staples, but I love being captured in the moment by the fresh buckets that will welcome me as I walk through the doors bright and early in the morning. I often have to slap my hands because I want too much… but not tomorrow.
Tomorrow I will allow myself to indulge a little more than normal.
I’m not going to lie about all this excitement. I’m nervous. Call it fear, anxiety, nerves, whatever you want- I’m nervous. This was a big investment. So many questions and what if’s have rolled through my head these past weeks. The most annoying questions are the ones that keep rolling through my head again and again.
A big fear… yes it’s a fear, is if people will not only see the difference my flowers offer, but understand their importance as well. Will they think I’m crazy, or will they genuinely see that I’m trying to change the floral industry for the better? Will they take one look at my flower selection and get right back in their cars to drive down the street to the local grocery store and buy bargain prices? Will they know that by buying my flowers, they have actually helped a very large movement to buy American grown flowers.
And this is where I must push past these fears and tell myself, “They are going to LOVE it!”
See you this weekend!
Valentine's Day Pop-Up Flower Shop Details:
Hours: Feb12-14th, Fri/Sat 1-6pm & Sun 12-4pm
Location: Hailstone Feed Store
232 Front Street North Issaquah, WA 98027