Seattle, Washington – In the city where the word “plantation” is derived from the word for “fruit” and “plant”, the word garden is in common usage.
The name is an apt description for the large and colorful collection of flowers that are sold here.
But not every garden shop is so welcoming to visitors.
Al Jazeera’s Sarah Halkett visited one of the city’s largest and most popular flower shops and saw a lot of people complaining.
In the store, the owners of a shop called Chasing Flower Shop have put up a sign saying that they will not accept any customers from anyone other than their own children.
“I just have a few children, and it just isn’t safe for them to come in,” said shop owner Chris Haskins.
The owner said that he and his family would not have children of their own, because they are allergic to any germs or any of the common household diseases, such as eczema, diphtheria and tuberculosis.
Haskens said he was surprised to find that his shop was attracting people from around the world, including the UK.
The shop’s owner, Chris Hake, said that it was his dream to open a shop that offered free flowers to visitors from all over the world.
“We are just trying to make it happen and help people who are visiting the city to get a taste of the wonderful things that they are going to experience here,” he said.
In fact, Chasing Flowers Shop is so popular that the owner said he plans to open two more shops, one in Seattle and one in New York.
Hake said he has had some success with the first shop.
“It is a little bit bigger than the first one.
It’s kind of like a giant indoor garden, and the children love it,” he told Sarah.
Halketts says she had been to Chasing, but she didn’t want to go in the shop anymore.
“You are getting very close to the kids and the pets,” she said.
Hoke is a member of the local chapter of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and said he hopes to open up another shop in New Zealand.
He said he believes in the importance of flowers in human health.
“If we have a lot more people in our community, and a lot less pet-owners and people who can’t be around children, I think we will see a lot fewer problems,” he added.
“A lot of these plants have a medicinal effect, and that is one of our biggest selling points for us.”
However, it is not all roses and pink roses.
Many people have reported being turned away because of their allergy.
The store owners said that their customers are mainly Asian and Black people.
The owners said they would not be accepting any new customers.
“All our customers are white and Asian, and we don’t have any other ethnicities, but we are trying to be inclusive,” said Hake.
Some people in the community are concerned that the owners are not trying hard enough to make the shop welcoming to people of colour, who are more likely to be allergic to germs.
“People have come in to shop for a little while, and then they say they are not going to come back,” said local activist and former shop owner Lisa Fung.
“The staff are pretty welcoming.
But I just don’t see the people coming in to this place because they don’t like the smell.”
The owner of Chasing said that they were always very careful with the people they would let into their shop, but that they would still let them in if they were in the right place.
“At some point you just have to say, ‘I’m not going in there unless I’m going to give them the proper experience,'” he said, adding that they do try to make people feel welcome, but it is very difficult.
“When you’re trying to do a good job, the best thing to do is give them a chance, and you have to make sure that they feel comfortable in that environment,” said Fung, who has worked at Chasing since she was a child.
She said that the store is a “safe place for children to go”, and that the staff has been very welcoming.
However, Fung said that she was not sure if the store would reopen next year.
She hopes to reopen in 2017, but is not sure when.
Alisha Shabazz, the owner of Alisha’s Flowers, said she has worked with many people in her community who have allergies.
But she said that her customers were mostly white and Black.
“As soon as I started working at Alisha Flowers, I realized that I could not accept a single customer that didn’t have allergies,” she told Al Jazeera.
“That’s how the people who came in to my shop and tried to make