Hello, my name is Linda and I’m the owner of All Purpose Flowers. I work at our shop with my two children in tow, Lily who is 6 years old, and Stephen who is 3. Our shop has the perfect set up for us, separated in three sections, the front area which is a gift shop, a middle area as my workroom, and a back area which is the kid’s playroom. We love our little shop and all our customers. My father and mother help with deliveries, and sometimes my husband when he is home from work. We are a happy little family owned and operated business.
I started in Floriculture as a freshman in high school at Essex Agricultural High School. I continued in the industry out of high school and gained experience over the years working in 3 different florist shops. I love flowers to my core, and have a deep love for all things artistic. I always knew I would open a flower shop in Magnolia, I just didn’t know when the chance would finally come.
I initially opened All Purpose Flowers out of home in 2010 and focused on events only on the weekends while working a full time office job. After having my daughter, I stopped taking floral jobs and focused mainly on my daughter and my steady job. When the company I worked for downsized and laid off all their employees in my position, my husband and I made the hard decision of downsizing our home, and I became a stay at home mom. Then we had our son Stephen. While being a stay at home mom, I started to focus back into my passion of being a florist. I started promoting All Purpose Flowers again and taking on orders and events.
Then in 2018, I took over the little shop on Lexington Ave, in the part of town I grew up in. The space was previously my aunt’s alterations shop, and I always dreamed I would take it over someday when she retired.
I feel so fortunate and blessed to be following my dreams. Everyday we go to the shop is a happy day for us. COVID has been hard, but we are so grateful to all the customers who appreciate flowers as much as we do and help to keep us going.
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