It’s hard to believe that i-Blossom has been up and running for 5 years! Seriously…where has the time gone? I remember the day we opened up our florist shop on Ocean Street in Maroochydore, I was so nervous. We had a sausage sizzle all fired up, flowers galore and I was smiling from ear to ear awaiting locals to pop in and say hi. Oh the memories.
Our fantastic shop on Ocean Street was a great place. We were located opposite Bica Café and next to the stylish wedding dress shop Eve Boutique. It was a great little neighbourhood, and I got to meet some great people along the way. But unfortunately as time went on we just knew the shop wasn’t in the right location for a new, start-up Sunshine Coast florist. We had to move our business into a busier part of town. So in April 2010 we decided to enter the ‘vintage’ style shopping centre “Big Top” in Maroochydore.
Some people were flawed that we moved into the ‘run down’ Big Top shopping centre, however since our move we haven’t looked back. Customers commented that they could find parking, it was more convenient, easier access for disabled clients etc etc. Now with the Big Top looking at undergoing a refurbishment sometime in the near future, I really am undecided whether we will stay in the new-look Big Top Fresh or move onto a different location on the Sunshine Coast. Currently I am faced with too many options, so lets say we are waiting to see what the future holds…but planning some great concepts for a potential change.
Over the years my staff and I have grown i-Blossom into a busy little Sunshine Coast florist business. Six days a week we trade, delivering flowers, unique gifts, and hampers to people all over the Sunshine Coast. Most weekends we are creating wedding bouquets for Brides on the Sunshine Coast, and sometimes delivering Wedding flowers as far as Brisbane or Caboolture. We have been lucky enough to work on prestigious events like Wishlist Spring Carnival Gala and Oro Diamond Luncheon. And through all this I have met some amazing people, who I think could do with a mention.
Ron Atkinson (an amazing gentleman) who I met back when I first opened, he introduced me to The Sunshine Coast Health Foundation a great Sunshine Coast charity who we love to help as much as possible – Ron is no longer with us but I will always remember this truly great man xx
The amazing ladies at the Sunshine Coast Health Foundation, all the Lisa’s (past and present), and Toni who do such amazing work for Sunshine Coast Hospital’s.
Sunshine Coast Health Foundation ambassadors like Carly Brial @ Chancellor Park BOQ, Di Olsen from My Weekly Preview, Nikki Parkinson from Styling You, & Caroline Hutchinson from Mix FM – all amazing women who I find all very inspirational.
So many customers who I met when I first opened and still shop with me today (I probably have missed so many people, but here we go): Mave, Dianne & Jim, Lisa & Kishan @ DeJavu Cafe, Janine @ IVF Sunshine Coast, Dr Bird, Bernadette @ Family Law, Love & Partners Accountants, Kristy @ A Look Photography, Brad @ Guide Financial, Lynn from Westpac, Catie, and all our online customers who I won’t mention due to privacy – thanks heaps for your continued support over the last 5 years.
All the Sunshine Coast wedding stylists who I have met and worked with along the way: Mask Events, Splash Events, Cloud Nine Weddings, Beedazzled Events, CL Weddings & Events, First Class Functions. It has been a pleasure to work with you to create such amazing Weddings for our clients.
All the Sunshine Coast Wedding Photographers who astound me away with their creativity and love for everything weddings. They have been so wonderful to supply quality images over the years to help us showcase our Wedding Flowers to new clients. A Look Photography, Calli B Photography, Foto Flair, Lindy Photography, Focus Films, Adore Photography, Photography by Bambi, Andrea Sproxton Photography, Jennifer Oliphant, Tara Lee Photography, Karen Buckle Photography, Jodi McDonald Photography. There are so many more of you and I hope we can continue to meet with you all over the next 5 years!!
A Big Thank you to every other Wedding supplier, Business Associate, or Customer who I have met over the last five years – thank you so much!!
And lastly, to all my amazing staff past and present, I could not have done any of this without your hard work, dedication, and loyalty. But a special big thank you to my wallpaper girls Nicole, Julie-Anne and Michelle.
Well I hope in the next 5 years my list will be even longer, and hopefully I can copy this post and just add to it!!! hehe
Jill.S – florist, owner & blogger xx