Homegrown Business: Mandy Karpoff of Plush Floral Studio

Located in the heart of North Burnaby Heights, Plush Floral Studio expresses art and emotion through floral designs. We spoke to Mandy Karpoff, Owner of Plush Floral Studio, to learn more about what they do.

Plush Floral Studio

Who is answering the questions and what is their position?

Mandy Karpoff, Owner

What is your business called and what does it do?

Plush Floral Studio; We are a florist with capacity for traditional style and design to contemporary and authentic floral art! All products are locally grown and locally sourced. I also paint and sell art online and in-store as well as can be hired to commission abstract acrylic on canvas!

What made you want to do this work?

I have been in the industry since I was fifteen years old and it is basically second nature to me and a part of who I am. I am incredibly passionate about my work. I love expressing and communicating emotion through floral design and the connections I get to make with my clients and the community.

What problem did you want to solve with the business?

I think the key to being an entrepreneur is embracing change, rolling with the punches/going with the flow, and strategically applying creativity to everything you do. As well as hard work, patience, and faith:)

Who are your clientele/demographics?

I have a vast clientele and do not limit myself to trying to please a certain demographic and am fortunate to have a very diverse range of clients and styles of work!

How does your business make money? How does it work?

Online sales are the backbone of my business since covid, this is predominantly the way that I do business.

Where in the city can we find your profession?

North Burnaby/East Van is the physical workspace BUT we deliver EVERYWHERE in the lower mainland!

What is the best question a prospective customer could ask a member of your profession when comparing services? Give the answer as well.

I think with any profession my experience is always best when I leave the artist free reign of their craft (I love this when I eat out as well, allowing the chef to create! Or the stylist to do their thing at the salon!) I have a similar mindset with my work; it is great to give some guidelines and context (budget, colours, and occasion) and leave the rest up to the designer!

What is the best part about what you do? What is the worst part?

The best part of what I do is the creativity, the diversity, and the connections I get to have with clients; ironically these can also be the downfalls as sometimes it becomes very overwhelming and can be exhausting without proper self-care and downtime.

What is your favourite joke about your own profession?

That people want to open a flower shop when they retire because I must just sit around and sniff the flowers all day – it is HARD WORK!!! Always on your feet and TONS of lifting!

Where can we follow you?

Website | Instagram

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PAY IT FORWARD: What is another local business that you love?

Oh boy, there are so many. I would like to say Punk Rock Pastries.