I have been mad at work, steadily chomping at the bit to make Esscents of Flowers a sustainable floral business. Since the first pop-up, I have had so many beautiful encounters with different individuals that either offer encouragement to continue or offering an opportunity to work with/for them.
I had an enlightening conversation with an event planner recently and we discussed how amazing it is to know what you want and make the decision to act on it. I mean, seriously, what is it that you have been wanting to accomplish? Whether it’s deciding to finish a small project at home or deciding on which move to make in your career...to say that you're going to do it and ACTUALLY DO IT??? How gratifying would that be?!! Amazing, exhilarating, liberating, right? I have had many recents encounters, where I am reminded just how much of a blessing it is to have a clear enough plan to take the next step, even when I can't see the entire staircase.
Okay, okay back to business at hand. I have been lucky enough to have a steady pop-up location, right in front of Sequoia Diner @ 3719 MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland’s Laurel District. I couldn't ask for a better location. Although the dates may vary as to when I will be at that location, I continue to keep the dates and times updated on my website, www.esscentsofflowers.com. If you are ever in the area during one of my pop-ups, please don’t be shy, check me out :)
Mother’s Day went by as smooth as it could possibly go, especially for it being the first time offering pre-orders and delivery. I had the great fortune of working with Piikup. Pickup is a web and app based, worker owned local delivery service with a farther reach than a courier service. They have a mission to strengthen communities from the inside out by providing opportunities for working class individuals to supplement their income and support small business. Our two businesses were able to partner together in a short period of time to deliver all Mother’s Day pre-orders safely and on time with satisfied customers.
So many beautiful opportunities are on the horizon and I can't wait to share them with you as they begin to unfold! Also, with the graduation and wedding season upon us, I’m hopeful that business will start ramping up soon.
If you know of anyone needing flower arrangements for a special event or you are hanging around Oakland on a sunny Saturday, come through the Laurel. Post your pictures on Facebook and Instagram, using the hashtag #EsscentsOfFlowers.
Love and peace,
Ariana Marbley, Esscents of Flowers