Small business owner Kimberly Parrotta arrived for work today two hours early to prepare for her customers on the most important day for her small business next to Mother’s Day. The beautiful Valentine’s Day roses filled the air with the scent that many women have come to love on February 14th. The flower shop is located at 7418 Laurel Bowie Road in Bowie, Maryland, and has sold the Valentine’s Day floral arrangement since 1991 that has made one 30 year plus marriage one that never forgot a very special day to acknowledge love and fidelity.
Parrotta took the time from her busy schedule to share her insights on Valentine’s Day 2016 and to explain why it is so important to recognize love with flowers and teddy bears on February 14, 2016. She will be standing by on Sunday at 301-262-3000 for every person who needs to remember a loved one with roses and other beautiful flowers on the special day. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is not too late to say you love that person with flowers on Valentine’s Day.
When asked how she dedicated her life to the flower business for the past five years, Parrotta beams with happiness. “I took some classes and discovered I had a passion for it. And I just pursued it,” Parrotta said. The passion that she spoke of has resulted in her becoming the owner of what used to be Bowie Florists. The name has been changed to 73 Daisies. The story behind the name change is a love story in and of itself.
Chris Parrotta was a sports lover who shared his passion with his wife. He sent her flowers until his death several years ago. His loving wife decided to name her small business in honor and in memory of her husband. His favorite sports number was 73 and Parrotta decided to name her small business in memory of her husband. Small Business leader and advisor to women small business owners, Lisa Jenkins said that the divorce rate is so high in America because the fact of being a leader in the business world does not change the relationship between men and women in the home. Jenkins believes that the competition in the business world should stop at the front door as men and women become man and wife at home. Sending flowers and opening doors and being loving to each other is just as important as ever.
“My husband sent me flowers. 73 Daisies is kind of a memorial to him. I decided to name my small business as a tribute to Chris Parrotta. My daughters work in the small business, one is away at college but when she is home she is here. My other daughter has been here through the whole thing, “Parrotta said. She has two daughters and no sons. However, she added that if she had a son he would be working beside her. The all-female household is very close and working together in the business is very exhilarating for Parrotta. “It is exciting not only because of the good things that happen; you also learn from the bad things that happen. You just learn, good or bad, that everything that happens is because of what you’ve done,” Parrotta said.
The joy and passion of getting up every morning to come to a small business that you love keeps her experience positive and enjoyable. She said that, so far, she has not encountered any problems being a woman small business owner. She said that Maryland is a great place to own a small business. She said she plans to run her small business for many years.
Go to www.73daisies.com to make someone special very happy. Parrotta and her staff take orders in person, on the telephone, and online. Her mentor and the former owner of the business before the name change, Joy, still comes by the florist shop to give advice and to help Parrotta. “Joy was a wonderful mentor to me before I purchased the small business from her,” Parrotta said. Joy was known to many customers for her excellent floral arrangements and great customer service for decades before she sold the small business to Parrotta.
The average amount spent on Valentine’s Day flowers and gifts is about $122 dollars per customer. A dozen roses at 73 Daisies comes to about $73 dollars. Parrotta will be making people happy on February 14th when her beautiful flowers are delivered to customers at home and work. She said it takes about 15 minutes to put and arrangement together. She had extra shipments of roses for the big day. She likes to do individual orders to the customer’s desires. Her floral shop is beautiful with the Valentine’s displays and the popular Valentine’s Teddy Bears.
Parrotta is will be open Saturday February 13, 2016, until 3 p.m. She will be open on Valentine’s Day from 9 a.m., until 3 p.m. The business is located in the Whitehall Shopping Center one street past the Bank of America Whitehall branch. She has the flowers. “Come and get them,” Parrotta said with a bright smile.
Her top 10 flowers are:
8. Snap Dragons