Having a small business is a completely difficult venture, but a extremely rewarding one. I believe small businesses are one of the life bloods of a community, so that’s why I chose start a photography project to promote other local businesses. For my project’s first week, I chose to stick to the wedding industry and got together with Nanette, the owner of Whistlestop Florist. Nanette was such a great person to chat with and has a lot of energy, even after all the years she’s been in business. So if you are looking for flower arrangements, candy displays, or floral decorations for your wedding, Whistle Stop Florist is the top of the heap. Here’s my interview with Nanette and some pictures I shot of her awesomely decorated business.
Hi Nanette, nice to meet you. I love your place here. So how long have you been in business?
I’ve been in the business for over 33 years, when I bought Jerry’s Flowers and changed the name to Whistlestop Florist.
Wow! You’ve been in business longer than I’ve been alive. How many weddings do you guys book a year?
We usually book over 100 weddings a year between flowers, bouquets, table pieces, candy tables, arches, etc.
That’s impressive. I guess wedding season keeps you busy. What do you think is the thing Whistlestop Florist does best?
Definitely the quality of design. Also the creativity of our arrangements and freshness of our product.
Yeah, I really love your displays here. Great designs. What products do you sell the most of?
We sell a lot of flower arrangements, mostly for weddings, funerals, events, etc.
Do you have any advice for brides planning their wedding?
Develop a theme and carry it throughout your wedding. Make sure that theme is in all aspects of your wedding and work it, work it, work it. If you don’t do anything memorable, your wedding won’t be memorable.
That’s great advice. Themes are definitely great from a photographers view point. So much to photograph. So where would you like to see your business go in the next year.
I’d actually like to see the community become more vibrant, with more optimism about where the state is going, so they feel comfortable doing business with people again.
I totally agree. We need to turn this ship around. Quick, what’s your favorite movie?
Oh, I change all the time. It’s like picking a favorite flower. It changes every season. But I usually like movies with a cult following.
Like The Big Lebowski?
Yeah, that’s a good one. I also like small quirky films. Buckaroo Bonzai is one of my favorites.
I’ve never heard of it, but I’ll check it out. Well, thanks for letting me come in here and badger you with questions. You have a great place here and I hope to see your work at all my weddings this year.