We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Mustain and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I had previously worked at several retail flower shops and owned by own. I loved creating and connecting with customers, but retail is very demanding when it comes to business hours and being available at all times. My desire was to create beautiful floral designs and be with my family more. So I decided switching my business to a studio florist model and specializing in weddings and special events could achieve both of those desires.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love color! I believe I have a natural ability to blend colors well and that sets my designs apart. I don’t always get to choose my palettes, but I am drawn to analogous schemes most of the time. I started my floral career as a delivery driver in high school. I never planned on it being my career. I wanted to be an applied kinesiology chiropractor and holistic nutritionist (some day I still may pursue this) When I graduated from college, I had a business degree with multiple minors in art, coaching and marketing/management-I changed my major a couple times! After a few interviews, I decided a cubical wasn’t for me. I accepted a job at a high-end flower shop, learned from some amazing designers, and eventually started my own business. My journey has not always been easy. I have had lots of failures/learning experiences. I’m thankful for those times because they made me stronger, more empathetic and a better person and business woman. I hope when people see me and my brand they will first see how I aim to love people well and design beautiful flowers second. Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Gosh, I’m really a homebody. My idea of a perfect week with a friend would be spent in a cabin in the mountains where there was no wifi and the kitchen is stocked with delicious food and all the things to make amazing cocktails. We’d talk, laugh, hike, and ride our bikes. Hot springs nearby would be a plus!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I really couldn’t do this job without my husband and extended family. My husband works a full-time job during the week and on the weekends that I have events, he takes over and takes care of the kids, meals and cleaning the house. Our parents and siblings have helped us with everything in this business! When I had a retail store, they would all deliver on the holidays and everyone has helped set-up or tear down a wedding or 10! I absolutely could not do it without their love and support.
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