Mother-daughter duo Sabrah Braddy and Brandy Hudson-Adams have seen their full service florist business pick up during the past three years. So, they recently relocated Blossoms Florist to the heart of Milledgeville’s downtown district to help create even more foot traffic.
“I worked at Lawrence Flower Shop on Thomas Street, and after having my son, Aiden, I didn't have a job to go back to. Me and my mother talked about it and decided to fill the void. We we came up with the idea of a flower shop,” Adams said. “We opened at Ivey Weaver Road in 2010 and business just started growing really quickly.”
Blossoms Florist moved in October 2012 into the 1,750 square foot space at 144 W. Hancock St. which formerly housed Harrold’s Formal Wear.
“We actually weren’t looking to move, but we were approached with the opportunity to move down here, and we thought about it for six months. We thought the only way to continue to grow and be more visible would be in a central location like downtown,” Braddy said. “The community and other downtown merchants have been real receptive. Customers tell us they prefer our new location.”
The business offers custom-made seasonal wreaths and one-of-a-kind floral arrangements for all occasions — weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, showers, funerals and holidays — as well as home decor and gift products at affordable prices.
“Even when we do business for a sad occasion like a funeral, it’s still rewarding because we put a personal touch to everything we do to reflect the deceased. It’s something that gives families a little bit of happiness to help get them through the service,” Braddy said. “[Adams] offers more of a modern twist to all of her bouquets so it’s not just a standard bouquet. We’re also the only people here and in the surrounding counties that have rainbow roses where every petal is a different color.”
With prom season in full swing, Blossoms Florist encourages high school students to customize their corsages and bouquets with bling, feathers and beads.
“Our corsages generally start at $25 and bouquets start at $35 and go up depending on how it’s customized,” Adams said. “We’ve grown about 50 percent this prom season compared to last year because we moved here. Even a lot of the surrounding counties are coming here to get their prom stuff.”
The co-owners are also in the midst of renovating their now vacant 2,400 square foot space at 227 Ivey Weaver Road to provide the community a venue to hold events.
“We’re trying to fix it up right now to hold simple parties — like kid’s parties and showers — and then hopefully be able to host larger events like weddings within the next couple of months,” Braddy said.
Blossoms is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
“I love this business because you get a chance to do something different everyday. When our customers come back, they eventually become more like family because of the relationship we build with them,” Adams said. “We’re really excited to be here with other downtown merchants and really appreciative of how receptive they’ve been. Hopefully we will meet new customers who will become long-time customers.”
For more information about Blossoms, or to order an arrangement, call 478-451-0221, visit www.milledgevilleflorist.com, or like the Blossoms Florist Adams Facebook page. The business can also be reached after hours for funeral arrangements at 478-288-1154.
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