Flower shop opens to fill void

 

Paul Bickford/NNSL photo Michele Schmitz is the owner/operator of Kabloom Flowers & Gifts, a new store that recently opened in Hay River.

Paul Bickford/NNSL photo
Michele Schmitz is the owner/operator of Kabloom Flowers & Gifts, a new store that recently opened in Hay River.

Michele Schmitz says each time she makes a sale, she sells a little bit of happiness.

Schmitz, who opened a flower shop in Hay River back in October, said she saw the business venture as an opportunity.

“Well, there was no flower shop in town,” she explained. “I’ve always liked flowers and plants. I enjoy working with them,” she added. “The opportunity came up, so I said ‘yes’.”

Retail space was available where there once was a flower shop and later a skateboard store in the Wright Building, where she shares space with a hairstylist.

“This is my very first business,” Schmitz said.

She likes the location of her new store, noting, “It’s right downtown.”

So far, business has been good.

“It’s exciting and it’s a lot of work,” Schmitz said with a laugh. “I didn’t think flowers would be as much as there is to them, but it’s just lots.”

People are “absolutely” pleased to see a flower shop back in town, she noted. “They’re like, ‘We’re so happy we have a flower shop.'”

Schmitz thinks it is an important service for the community.

“You know, flowers make people happy,” she said. “If you just want to send flowers on special occasions, it’s nice to be able to have the convenience to go and buy some flowers and have them delivered if you don’t have time, or to be able to just phone in.”

Since her new store opened, Schmitz has been trying to fine tune the service that she wants to offer.

“I still have some more that I want to do, but it’s getting there,” she said. “We do deliveries, of course, and people can phone in. And we have some potted plants and some gifts, and we’ll do gift baskets.”

She also plans to sell cappuccinos and espressos.

“I just got that up and running, but I need to just master it a little more before I sell it,” she said.

Schmitz is originally from Fort Simpson, but has lived in Hay River for five years.

While she has not worked in a flower shop before, she is studying floral design online through Alberta’s Olds College in association with the University of Saskatchewan.

“I’m almost finished that,” she said. “And I’ve always just had flowers and plants at home.”

While flowers are now her job, Schmitz still likes being around them.

“They smell good. They look good,” she said. “I enjoy giving them to people because they’re happy.”

Schmitz said that receiving flowers can make someone’s day.

— Sarah Ladik