I have a super fun giveaway for you this morning! A little over a year ago my friend, Anji, opened up a brand new store front for her paper flower business, aptly named Love, Anji. I helped out a bit on opening day and since then I’ve been working a day a week at the shop; making flowers and helping customers pick out the perfect arrangement. I’m excited to share with you guys a little bit more about Anji’s awesome business and where I spend a chunk of my time, as well as give you the chance to win a gift card so you can get some flowers of your own!
In 2012, Anji was getting married and needed an
alternative to fresh flowers because she’s allergic to most. She had always liked making things
so making the flowers for her wedding was right up her alley! She made a ton of roses for her bouquet, her husband Jake’s boutonniere, and even the
centerpieces. They were a hit! Six months later she was selling flowers at local markets and three months after that she opened up a small flower stand in 5th Street Arcades. In September of 2015 she opened up her first real store front in the same building which is when things really started to blossom! Ba-dum tisssss.
All the flowers in the shop are designed by Anji, and made in the Cleveland area by her and a handful of employees (myself included!) We use cardstock, Italian crepe paper, and German crepe paper. If you’d like something a little more personal, we can even use papers with sentimental value like invitations (weddings, baby showers, birthdays, etc) or book pages! At
the shop, we have bouquets wrapped in tissue and in vases ready to go or you
can create your own arrangement. Pick out the flowers you like, select a vase and
fill it with crushed glass, then add some greenery! Of course, if you’re not local Love, Anji has a website where you can do essentially the same thing!
areas in hospitals don’t allow patients to have fresh flowers so paper
flowers make a great gift for a loved one in the hospital. They’re also beyond perfect for your first anniversary – the “paper anniversary”! You never have to water them, and they stay fresh for a heck of a lot longer than real flowers. Whenever people come in the store and talk about what a neat idea they are I always respond with “Yeah, and they last forever!” Although, one time a little boy was in the store with his family and his response to that was “Not unless I light them on fire!” So, yeah, unless a sweet little pyromaniac gets a hold of them, they’ll last forever!
Anji has some big plans for next year including flower making classes. You should definitely stop by and see us some time in downtown Cleveland!
Just to make it easy on ya, here’s the address! 😉
Cleveland, Ohio 44115