We’re all familiar with the term “April showers bring May flowers,” but at Plush Floral Studio, Mandy Karpoff delivers contemporary floral arrangements all year round.
As a teenager, the 14-year-old Mandy didn’t know that working part-time in a floral shop would eventually lead to her having her own business in the industry. From her modest roots of sweeping the shop floors in Alberta, to operating her own business here on the Heights, she has worked hard for her success.
One look at her bouquets and you know that there is something special about her arrangements. Trained under European florists, her art is very different from the Canadian bouquets that we are used to seeing. Mandy’s arrangements are more minimalistic and contemporary. Whether she chooses to place her arrangements in wrapping paper, vases or even take-out boxes, they are ready to go from the studio right to the person you want to show your appreciation to.
In additional to floral arrangements, Mandy also holds workshops and wine-tasting events in her studio in the evenings. A Heights resident herself, she loves bringing the community together, and teaching them about turning garden flowers into gorgeous floral arrangements.
Many people consider hairdressers as untrained therapists: they listen to your stories and offer advice if wanted; the same can be said about Mandy. She builds relationships with her customers and when they come in to purchase an arrangement, they have meaningful conversations. “I guess it’s just something about my personality that puts people at ease and makes them want to tell me their stories,” says Mandy. Surpisingly, she is also trained as an addictions counsellor. She passes no judgement, has a warm personality and is extremely outgoing. It’s no wonder that people feel comfortable talking to her; she’s as vibrant as the flowers she sells!
When she isn’t at Plush Floral Studio, she loves being a mom and spending time with her young daughter. She also holds a second identity as a personal trainer and aerobics instructor.
Plush Floral Studio is located 3978B Hastings Street. For more information, visit www.plushfloralstudio.ca or call 604-291-9988.
Monday: 9:30am – 6:30pm
Tuesday: 9:30am – 6:30pm
Wednesday: 10am – 6:30pm
Thursday: 10am – 6:30pm
Friday: 10am – 6:30pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Written by Angela Jung, 2011 HMA Summer Student