Thursday, October 14, 2010

Business is blossoming at Captiva Blooms

Nine months have passed since Captiva Blooms — the island’s only flower shop — opened its doors to the public and Manager and Lead Designer Ruth Thompson says business is great.

“It’s been a lot of hard work but very enjoyable. Business has been wonderful. For the short time I was open in season, Captiva people were very supportive of me and I appreciate that. I’m looking forward to them coming back again this year,” Thompson said. “I’ve started doing some corporate events for people coming in for their business meetings and dinners at the resort and, so far, I’ve done 35 weddings at South Seas and ’Tween Waters so far. Right now I’m working with 42 brides for upcoming weddings.”

While flowers are an essential part of any standard wedding, for people who aren’t getting married, purchasing flowers might be considered a luxury, especially in tough economic times.

But Thompson said that’s not necessarily the case.

“People are still celebrating anniversaries and birthdays. You don’t have to buy elaborate arrangements to enjoy the luxury of flowers. There’s a lot you can do to make that luxury less expensive,” Thompson said. “Of course, it’s hard to tell in the first year — but so far, so good.”

For Thompson, a way to make an arrangement less expensive — but still beautiful to look at — is by accentuating with natural elements found on the islands.

“I definitely see a trend going towards more natural arrangements — lots of brides are going with more natural, beachy themes for their wedding arrangements. I like using a lot of pieces from nature, things like driftwood, sea stars, shells and sea grasses,” Thompson said.

For the upcoming holiday season, Thompson said she have lots of festive new merchandise.

She also plans to play an active role in helping decorate in preparation for the month-long holiday event plan that Captiva business owners and employees are working on putting together to increase commerce — and holiday spirit — from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

Captiva Blooms, located in Chadwick’s Square, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or to place an order, call 239-579-1468.

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