So what’s new?
How about a rewards program!! For every $10.00 spend at Afton’s you get a punch on our virtual punch card. For every 15 punches you get $15.00 in free fresh flowers.
Just look for this Kiosk at our point of sale. And bonus… FREE PUNCH FRIDAYS! Get a punch on your virtual card just for coming in on Fridays. See you soon!
It has all happened so quickly. It was only a year ago that we ordered our first business cards to hand out during Peach Days. Mandy sat out in front of Holmes Clothing and I stood in front of Just Bee Scrap’n with my bees handing out the cards and telling people about the new flower shop.
I’ve dreamed about owning a flower shop since I was 17 and worked at Drewes. And even back then I knew I’d name it Afton’s after my grandma Afton Darnell. It was always my someday dream. You know, someday I’ll own a flower shop and when I do…
I’d spend hours day dreaming about Afton’s Floral, researching wholesalers, startup costs, marketing ideas, delivery vehicles, designing logos, watching youtube videos and participating in online forums. And then with one phone call things changed. All of a sudden I was going to do it. I was going to open Afton’s Floral. I had no idea where the funding would come from and I didn’t know if it would work but I had to try.
It’s been a year now. We’ve grown out of the space we were in at Holmes Clothing and saw an opportunity to move into our own space on a corner in downtown Brigham City just before Peach Days.
We aren’t perfect. We’ve made a number of mistakes along the way but we’re getting better. We have a system down now. Everyone knows what their responsibilities are and we are working like a well oiled machine.
And we are still growing. We’re adding home decor, an etsy store, and delivering to an even larger area. We getting ready to hire more employees and push to even knew heights.
If you’d have asked me a year ago where we’d be today I would have been so far off its kind of funny. We have accomplished more in these few short months that I would have thought possible. And I owe that to the spirit of this community, the dedication of my employees, and perhaps sheer luck. Whatever the combination I am very grateful
Here is to many more years.
Does it really matter where I print my pictures???
Let me begin by saying YES it does matter. Don’t let the cost of your pictures dictate where you print. When it come to professional images big box retailers are just NOT good enough.
Let’s face it. The reason you hire a professional photographer is to produce higher quality images and capture the moment with more success. Anyone can snap a quick photo on their phone but a professional isn’t just documenting a moment. They are capturing an experience.
I could probably sum up this entire article in one paragraph. You wouldn’t buy a movie on Blu-ray and expect it to look good on a non-HDTV. Likewise, you don’t hire a photographer and then print the pictures at wal-….
First lets address color…
As you can see here I have two images. When you you look at the image on the left you will notice that her eyes sparkle, her hair has ideal contrast, and there aren’t any shadows under her eyes. In the Big Box image on the right; her eyes are dark, her hair is less defined, and there is no sparkle that shows you she’s loving every minute of her princess experience.
Next let’s talk about quality…
Professional photographers shoot with powerful and expensive cameras. In the example above the pictures are a high enough resolution to easily be enlarged to a 30 in x 40 in print. The wal-… photo desk says otherwise.
How many brides do you know that want a large dark fuzzy print of their special day? Yeah I don’t know any either and I definitely don’t want my brides to be disappointed when they get their pictures back and they aren’t the quality they deserve.
Where do I print…
If you don’t want to order your photos through you photographer. Then the only place I recommend is Mpix.com
. I have never I had an image come back different than what I viewed on my screen. You’ll have to allow time for shipping but their prices are better than Wal-… and let’s be honest, good things come to those who wait, and good prints are well worth the wait!!
I have branched out a few times to other printing places and the bottom line is I am not as happy with them as I am with my prints from Mpix.com
It is much easier to have a casket selected before the family is experiencing the shock of grief, but this is not always an option. If you are having a hard time with the grieving and planning, give the task to another person or take someone with you to help you think more clearly. Make sure it is someone who knew the deceased well and knows your budget for the entire funeral and burial costs.
Trust the funeral director’s taste. This is a person you can lean on for strength during this difficult time. They know what they are doing, so trust their guidance and instinct.
If cost is a concern, tell them so they can help you select something with a price comfortable to your budget. Think of the deceased. What colors did they like? Would they have preferred a metal or wood casket? Think of what they would want, within reason, and select from those items. Was the deceased someone who liked to keep things simple? Or was this someone who wanted only the very best? There are caskets in every price range, from the plainest to the most “elegant”–it all depends on your preferences and budget.
Communication is the key in any relationship. Sometimes we as florists speak another language when it comes to flowers. Here are a few tips you can use to ensure a more fulfilling experience with your local florist.
1. Communicate Your Budget:
Telling us what your budget is will help us begin to develop a mental image of what type of arrangement you may be interested in. If you have $20.00 to work with we shouldn’t be trying to sell you a premium dozen roses. At the same time if you have $200 you would like to spend on an arrangement we can help you get the most bang for your buck.
2. Communicate Your Preferences:
Often you will have a mental image of what you’d like. Unfortunately we aren’t mind readers. We try to ask the questions to help formulate an idea of what you’d like to see so don’t be afraid to voice your preferences. And if you don’t like how it turned out don’t be afraid to tell us. We can usually adjust the arrangement or we’re happy to start over again. We want you to be happy because we want you to come back.
3. Be Understanding:
Sometimes we just can’t do what you are asking. The flowers may not be available. Your budget may not allow it. Or it may be physically impossible for flowers to be arranged like you envision. We attempt to be as accommodating as possible and whenever possible we will find a solution
Here are some descriptors common in our shop that help to communicate what you are looking for.
- Quirky / Fun / Whimsical
- Bright and Cheery (yellow, white, purple, orange, green)
- Bold (Deep Rich Colors, Monochromatic, Vibrant, Lots of Contrast)
- Monochromatic (ie, White Roses, White Hydrangea, White Alstromeria, Etc)
- Dense / Full