Today we’d like to introduce you to Alyssa and Amanda.
Alyssa and Amanda, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
We signed the lease to our new studio space the month before Covid with the first rent due April Fools. Originally the shop was to be our studio and storage space where we would produce weddings and events. We had planned to only sell grab and go fresh bouquets and plants at Good Neighbor, the coffee shop at street level also slated to open during Covid. It soon became apparent that no weddings were going to be happening as each one booked got postponed. We decided the only way to survive was to turn the space into retail. I know it sounds crazy. The problem was that we were set back on the hill.
Most people had never even noticed the detached garage that was now our home. So we got to work building a lean to greenhouse, adding character to the building and landscaping the property to draw people up the hill. Not wanting to spend money on fresh blooms when we didn’t have a cooler yet or see yet another reminder of mortality through the short life cycle of cut blooms, we decided to focus the shop on dry flowers. Healthcare workers were our first customers. Needing a distraction and sense of beauty during this difficult time, they enjoyed working with us to create custom bouquets and the “make your own” dry flower bar was born.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
We are not like most florists. We come to this industry later in life with design experience in other areas. We think outside the vase, so to speak to create moments that extend beyond the flower or plant. For example, the greenhouse we built is an experience as well as a retail shop. We use our styling skills to create a world you want to live in. That is also why we love events. Each one is so different. We love to carry a theme through all the little details. Of course, now we are also known for our dry florals and if you have been in the shop you know, I love pods and textures as much as some people love flowers.
Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
We are in the processing of expanding. We out grew our little shop and now have a separate studio, work and grow space on a 1/4 acre down the street from the shop. We are growing our own flowers to sell both fresh and dry.
- Email: Hello@GHatGN.com
- Website: www.ghatgn.com
- Instagram: @thegreenhousebaltimore
- Other: @tilledstudio
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