Hawkesbury District Independent June 2017 #85 - Page 40

life & style Angels listed in 10 of the Best Florists in NSW by Lorraine Clifford Jo Dunstan from Angels Florist in South Windsor is the proud recipient of six local business awards and recently took out a state listing, ‘10 of the Best Florists in NSW for Floral Arrangements.’ Angels Florist has brightened up George Street for more than a decade and in my mind only newly-baked bread and freshly ground coffee beans compete with the earthy, damp yet sweet smell of a flower shop. Jo’s first shop was in Seven Hills and she admits ‘that she had no idea what she was doing.’ “I always liked flowers and I remember when mum got flowers when I was young, I would take them all out of the vase and put them back in again, my way!” laughs Jo. Jo ran the successful Seven Hills shop for five years, had a sea change and studied beauty and massage in the city. She practiced this for a year but missed the wonderful world of flowers. She opened Angels Florist in 2000. I asked Jo the best thing about her job. “Seeing customers’ faces when they see their flowers, and making people happy,” smiles Jo. Jo’s customers are a mix of phone orders and drop ins and no two days are the same. Her work takes her all over Sydney and further afield to Port Stephens, Southern Highlands, Wollongong and Bathurst. Three days a week Jo gets up at the 40 ISSUE 85 // JUNE 2017 ‘unreasonable’ hour of four, jumps in the van and heads for the Sydney Flower Markets at Flemington. Sometimes she has to re-stock the whole shop and other times top up her flowers and plants. If it is the latter she might buy six huge bunches of sweet roses, canary- yellow carnations, pink gerberas and white lilies. Dark glossy magnolia leaves and grey gum leaves are also in her trolley, along with seasonal flowers. Jo manages a staff of six and two florists and a delivery person are always in situ. Angels Florist prides themselves on customer service, listening and caring about everyone that walks through the door or orders over the phone. “Our job is not all about bouquets of red roses on Valentine’s Day. Some customers come in and are Jo making a gorgeous box from Singapore orchids. Photo: Kathryn Johnston visibly upset after losing a loved one, so we need to take time to “Flowers never change, but the way When Jo is not arranging bunches, listen to them and perhaps guide them that we present them does. For example, bouquets and boxes she doesn’t rest. on what would be appropriate,” says Jo. these days we are grouping different She is researching global trends, I was intrigued about whether flowers and colours together. At one sweeping the shop floor or changing the flowers, like clothes, furniture and time customers might have preferred a window display to keep it fresh. whitegoods went through trends and dozen red carnations or white orchids in “Your heart always has to be in an cycles. a single bunch,” Jo explains. industry like this.” www.hdinews.com.au THE hawkesbury INDEPENDENT