More than just a flower shop, Wild About Flowers has been trading on Keynsham High Street for 19 years and offers a unique shopping experience. Stocking a selection gifts, interiors, greeting cards and chocolate, sourced from local designers and of course an amazing display of fresh flowers, sourced daily and hand-selected from the best suppliers in the South West.
We met with Rosa to discuss the stores history, flowers, cards and more!
Q. Tell us about why you opened the store?
Wild About Flowers was born in the year 2000 when a trio of qualified florists left their professional careers and ventured out to establish a distinctively different floristry business on Keynsham High Street in Bristol. Within a year the shop was being ran solo by Angela who had always dreamt of being a florist after attending a flower class with her Nan when she was 7. Her Mum had always grown flowers in the garden, and her Grandad was a veg grower, so there was always a love and appreciation for nature and flowers. She left a career in banking to pursue her a heartfelt lifelong ambition, and the retail florist was a golden opportunity.
Q. Is there a story behind your stores name?
Angela had a group task at college to name a shop and illustrate how it would be run, at the time I really liked it, but I never thought that one day it would come to be in existence. Having now been in business for almost 20 years, the name very much represents what we are. We are wild about all things floral and our business run throughs our heart and soul.
Q. What has been the best moment in your stores life so far?
After 17 years of renting our small but cute high street shop, in 2017 we opened our new and much larger premises in a Grade II listed Georgian town House. There were many people who helped us with the renovations and it was a special moment to have our family and friends together at our open evening. An overwhelming moment was the day our name was hand painted on the building, completed with our purple Georgian front door and knocker. It was a day where you could see a dream becoming a reality and the realisation of all the hard work it took to get to that moment.
Q. What is one item you can’t live without?
We couldn’t possibly run our business without our iPhones and we relish the opportunities it offers our brand. There’s often a lot of negativity around phones and social media, but we like to always see the positive and the endless creativity it offers. We love how Instagram allows us to connect and collaborate with other creative businesses, whilst engaging with our lovely customers; not to mention the myriad of inspiration we’ll find on our feed.
Q. Where did you first hear about Katie Leamon?
We first came across Katie Leamon at Top Drawer trade show about 5 years ago. Her designs were so refreshing with a complimenting colour palette; the marble prints were a particular favourite of ours. At the time we were still in our small shop, so we had little room to stock products, but we always liked to visit to get inspiration. Now we are in our expanded new home, we are so proud to stock a range of distinct brands that we love.
Q. What is your favourite Katie Leamon Product?
The luxurious navy and copper crackers caught our eye and we loved having these to sell. More than just a flower shop, we like to offer a unique shopping experience to our customers. These were the perfect addition for the festive period to bring a touch of opulence in-store.
Q. What would be your top tip for someone visiting Bristol/Keynsham?
Never stop exploring! It’s a city with so much to offer and always has something going on. There are so many amazing independent businesses in Bristol and we love the community