Medical Lake Flower Shop creates special carnations for customers
As spring begins to bloom, Leslie Smith, owner of Medical Lake Flower Shop inside of Wispies Hair Salon at 112 North Jefferson St., is ready to create several carnations for the season.
Prior to opening her store in 2011, Smith went to business school where she studied floral design. She was also a manager for Safeway's Floral Department in Spokane and worked at Rita Lynch's floral shop.
Smith said Agnes Hargrove, who owns the salon, encouraged her to start the business. Smith said she chose a flower shop because there was not one in the city at the time. For Smith, it took a couple of years for her business to blossom.
"I made $2,000 my first year and it cost me $1,000 for the materials," Smith said. "You have to be patient in Medical Lake and (your business) will catch on."
Smith is currently making several customized projects in April. She recently made an "April Fools Birthday Bouquet" where she removed the heads from the roses and replaced them with cherry cordials. Smith said this was for Jackie Lotts, who works at the salon.
Smith also creates custom arrangements for funerals. She created an arrangement where she removed the rose buds and replaced them with dried Hostess' Sno Balls. Smith said this was for a woman who had gone to a service for her neighbor, who she had known for many years. According to Smith, the woman and her neighbor had a friendly snowball fight shortly before his passing.
In addition to her business, Smith creates arrangements for several local organizations, including Dollars for Scholars, Jensen Youth Ranch and Friends for Children. She helped Boy Scouts Zach and Chris Taylor with their state Veterans Cemetery Scatter Design project. She recently made an arrangement for a fundraiser at the VFW for Kathy McCormick.
Smith plans on making bouquets for the Veterans' Cemetery for Memorial Day.
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