Drawing on their individual skills, Fannie and Wayne Martin opened two businesses under one roof in St. Clements earlier this year.
Over the weekend, they held their official grand opening just in time for the holiday shoppers.
Fannie operates Angel’s Breath Florist and Wayne is in charge of Kreative Karvings, crafting custom-made woodcarvings in their family-owned and operated venture.
They also sell surplus leather sofa sets, and solid wood dressers and night stands. There’s live-edge furniture and barn-board furniture for sale, which is all locally made. They take custom orders for that as well.
On Fannie’s side of things, she has all sorts of other gift ideas to go with flowers like Yankee candles and doTERRA essential oils.
“When we opened up, our goal was to have live edge and barn board furniture. That’s what we put in here originally. That and the flower shop go together better, however people are very interested in the surplus furniture,” Fannie said.
Both businesses are together in the same building where the Edge Fitness Club in St. Clements used to be on the corner of Herrgott Road and Lobsinger Line. The inside and outside of the building have been remodeled and you’d never know it used to be a gym.
She says it took about six months to do the remodel. Fannie and Wayne have owned the building for a few years, leasing it out to different business owners. This year they decided they were ready to open their own.
Fannie spent much of her career in retail. She worked in a flower shop many years ago and says she always enjoyed working with flowers. She’s excited to be back in the thick of it, making arrangements for all sorts of occasions, embracing her creative side and working with lots of colour.
“I love doing up arrangements to make people feel special or locations special,” Fannie said.
She creates floral arrangements for any event such as weddings, funerals, birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day and any special occasion.
Lately, she’s been loving working with roses.
“I’ve noticed that the spray roses go very well and they go well for a lot of occasions. That’s been my biggest seller since I opened,” Fannie said.
So far, business has been good with customers referring them to their friends. On Saturday, they had a steady stream of customers checking out what they offer. They even stayed open later because customers were still coming in after closing time.
Fannie says she draws her inspiration when creating floral arrangements from a variety of places.
“I try to get an idea from the customer as to what they’d like, so if I have an order that’s a start. I read lots of books and I look online. I love going to botanical gardens. You get all kinds of ideas from lots of different places,” she said.
Wayne works as an electrician during the day, but on the evenings and weekends he can be found in the store. He’s always loved working with wood and uses a CNC machine to make wooden signs. Customers can even email in family photos which Wayne can create into a wooden sign. Once he has it mastered he’s going to teach Fannie how to do it as well.
For now, she’s happy running the floral and gift side of the business. She notes the doTERRA essential oils have been a big seller thus far.
“We’re just putting some things together. I guess it wasn’t specifically the need we were looking for, it was what we like to do,” Fannie said.
She says other businesses in St. Clements’ downtown have been welcoming of the new storefront and she expects business to pick up with the holiday season upon us.
Angel’s Breath Florist and Kreative Karvings are open Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Floral arrangements can be ordered online at www.angelsbreath.ca.