A local teen recently started a business as a way to lift people’s spirits during the coronavirus period through flowers.
Saylor Shea, 16, said that after coronavirus closed her schools, sports and volunteering activities, she decided to open a business to bring joy to local customers.
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Saylor Shea from Granger doesn’t do the usual teen stuff. Instead, she opened her own fresh flower market called Stem Sell on purpose.
The market sells buffet-style flowers with rare flowers that you cannot buy locally.
“They come from all over the world, we get them from the Netherlands, South America and New Zealand. We even get some from Alaska.”
Saylor says seeing her client’s face light up in such tough times is a rewarding job.
“People have said they love seeing them in their homes, because they stay at home so much ‘it’s nice to have something to make your house different and new. That’s also the reason why. Why do we try to get different flowers every week. ”
The pop-up market runs only through social media.
“What kind of flowers do we post every week, time and days of the week.”
The business had grown in just the four months she opened.
“The florist had to cancel out of concern about the COVID so we were able to provide flowers for some small weddings and then we had our first Communion, so we ordered some forms from Alaska for the first communion. ”
As for Saylor, she sees a bright future for this blossoming business.
‘A welcome change to the long tradition of giving flowers’ is how Bloom in a Box founder Aveline O’Sullivan describes her business, which has flourished as people Try to connect with loved ones in COVID-19.
Entrepreneur Galway O andullivan holds a patent for Bloom in a Box’s innovative presentation box in the UK and Europe, bringing her in a handful of women who have patents.
Patents for special accessories, vases and seals form the basis for each delivery of the Bloom in a Box, consisting of a single flower, artfully presented.
Speaking to Extra.ie, O thuullivan said the special mechanism allows her to ‘flip it upside down many times, transport it at different temperatures and to the perfect place without breaking’.
Bloom in a Box debuted properly in the middle of COVID-19.
The box concept addresses any concerns about flowers falling along the way and sending only a single flower saves money while still allowing the customer to give away an aesthetic gift.
O gomullivan said: ‘People ask‘ Why is there only one flower? ‘A single flower has an amazing impact because I’m sending a real gesture in a box and it’s a message – each of them comes with a personalized message. .
‘This is addressed to people who have had miscarriages, IVF treatment, chemotherapy, illness and many happy occasions.
“It’s a simple act of connecting people,” she added. “It is tangible.”
O’Sullivan first filed for a patent in 2017 and soft launched Bloom in a Box last year while still working full-time before founding the company right on the eve of the global pandemic, This leaves her with “mixed feelings”.
O theullivan was soon forced to move the business home and run it alone without any staff before her florist stopped delivering.
She negotiated to import flowers directly from the Netherlands, taking the risk of fulfilling the minimum order required without any business guarantees.
The manufacturer of these important jars also went back to taking the COVID-19 tests, so O’Sullivan reached out to the customer on social media, asking them to return their vials. me so she can recycle them.