‘Proud to say’: ‘I am a proud Berkeley flower shop owner’
The title of this post is actually true.
A few days ago, I walked into the Berkeley Flower Shop on Bancroft Avenue in downtown Berkeley, California.
It was a typical business-as-usual day for me.
I was there for the spring sales, a celebration of the upcoming season of the Berkeley flower.
The shop was packed.
I didn’t notice any new customers.
Instead, I noticed the regulars who come every year to buy some of the store’s best and most popular varieties.
I noticed that I was the only person with a face mask.
I am not sure why, but the people who came to buy them, my friends, were all so very proud.
The people who had come out for my first flower sale in the summer of 2019 were just as proud.
I also spotted some very cool new varieties of the plants that were being grown at the shop.
Some of them were stunning, like the black-eyed peas and other plants that had been growing in the shop for a few years.
Some were gorgeous, like this giant red-hued watermelon plant.
But I was also struck by the customers who were just enjoying the day.
I saw people smiling, sharing photos, and chatting with one another.
It seemed like the city of Berkeley was on the cusp of making a lot of good things happen.
It had been so hard to see the city grow in spite of the housing crisis and the gentrification of the area, and I wanted to do everything I could to help.
The Berkeley Flower shop, in a nutshell, is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, and the volunteers who come to the shop to buy the best flowers and other plant products are all volunteers.
They help with everything from finding the right species of plant to choosing the right plant for the right product, to picking the right color for the product and to growing it properly.
It’s not a full-fledged business.
It takes time and dedication.
And it’s a way to give back to the city that has provided me so much in my life.
I’m also a big supporter of the local garden community.
I love gardening and I’ve been to some wonderful gardens in my time in California, but this is my favorite.
When I first saw the Berkeley flowers, I knew that I wanted one of the new varieties that were growing in that garden, but I was just not sure what I would find there.
I went down to the store and picked up a few seeds, which I sent back to my friends and the volunteer community.
They told me that they’d have to wait a few weeks for some of them to germinate, so I started planting them.
I planted about 20 seeds in the first two weeks.
In the third week, I had a bunch that had the right shape and color, and they were thriving and thriving and they bloomed.
That was the first time I’d seen any flowers.
I kept it a secret, but people started coming to the flower shop.
I even had some flowers sold there in my garden.
They sold them for $20 a piece.
People wanted to buy more, and we started doing some of those sales in the park.
Then I started doing a few more sales on the sidewalk.
I would sell $100 flowers to people in the city and also in the neighborhood.
I’ve sold hundreds of thousands of flowers.
It feels really good to be doing something positive in the world.
I got a lot more than I ever expected, and it has given me a lot.
I have to say, I’m glad I was a part of this, because the flowers that I buy are so much more than just flowers.
People are looking for a little something extra in their life, and to me, it’s something that really goes beyond flowers.