We had the good fortune of connecting with Annalisa Vinson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Annalisa, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always been creative. I’ve always been interested in making things and finding interesting solutions to a problem.
I actually ran my own creative small business during my time living in Hong Kong – but that’s another story!
I met my now husband during that time and, after much deliberating, we agreed that we would begin our adventure together here in his hometown, Denver, CO.
So I moved this way just over 7 years ago. I knew that eventually I would want to be doing something creative and small-business minded again. I worked various part time jobs and in my spare time I began doing florals for small weddings and events, first on a more casual basis for friends, and then gaining more clients and new customers through word of mouth.
I eventually landed a full time job as a receptionist which afforded me a steady schedule and the ability to plan a little further ahead.
During the pandemic most of the weekend weddings I had been booked for were postponed and I wondered what I could do to ‘fill in the gap’ and still have an excuse to play with flowers.
Starting a business would give me the license I needed to purchase things wholesale (Flowers, vases, art supplies, et al) and I wanted something that could potentially morph and grow with time. So, Anna Vinson Studio came to be and, subsequently, the Small Batch Floral Club was born. By offering a monthly ‘Club’ where I would simply follow my whimsy and use the freshest florals available, people could receive an event-style arrangement for their own personal enjoyment – and I maintain a fresh tab on the market and get to try new techniques.
In building my website – a really fun, creative endeavor in it’s own right! – I not only wanted a space where I could share and sell my various disciplines (Florals, Jewelry, Wood Burning, Wire Sculpture, Hand Lettering, Sketching, Personalized gift and care packages) but also have a more professional portal to introduce this side of me to the world.
This is for me, an endeavor of joy, a way to pour out some of what makes me, me. If my joy brings others joy then I think I’m doing something right. If that also creates an income stream for me to keep going – well I might just be right where I’m supposed to be, doing just what I’m supposed to do.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art comes in the form of crafting personally meaningful things for others. Whether that is through a floral arrangement, decorating a wedding or a small celebration, hand lettering a card or a larger piece to frame, or helping someone craft the special gift that holds their own personal meaning. I’m really proud of my take on floral arranging. When given the freedom I really enjoy bringing all the colors and textures, it’s like painting or sculpting for me.
Flexibility is key – you can set out with a vision on what something will look like, or how it will be. End of the day you have to be able to roll with the punches. If you can smile and hold some flowers while rolling, even better!
What I’d love people to know about my studio space is that it’s really for them! My creative process and arts come alive when I’m creating FOR someone, or capturing a special meaning behind something for them. Besides my arts and crafts I’ll always firmly stand on this truth – Flowers are always a good idea.
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?
No visitor stays at our home without having some Bourbon Grill cooking – period. We like showing off Cheeseman Park as that is where we got married! Time in the Botanical Gardens is always worth it and so is a big ice cream cone from Little Man Ice Cream followed by a walk down to the Platt river near REI.
We’d look up Jeremy Mohney or David Lawrence, local musician friends of ours, and see where they were playing – probably at a great, local brewery which we would make the most of.
Taking a tour of a local distillery would probably be included – I enjoy visiting Laws down off of Broadway.
Red Rocks? Happening. Either in the form of a hike, a concert, or (my favorite) Film on the Rocks!
A drive up in to the mountains would take place – we would let our whimsy lead the way. Hiking? Eating? Shopping? Yes!
My husband and I met while Lindy Hop swing dancing and, once it is safe to do so again, we’ll visit the Denver Turnverein on a Friday night to catch the Colorado Swing Dance Club and spend an evening with great music and great people.
And on any given day we’d stop by Lucero’s and grab one of the best breakfast burritos in town.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
LaSheita Sayer was one of the first people I met in moving back to Denver – and she also offered me my first part-time job. She is, in her own right, an amazingly talented and inspirational woman who simply creates as she goes. Working with her definitely opened my imagination to possibilities. Absolutely thankful for the example she lives.
Laura Pearson, of L Elizabeth Events, has also played a pivotal role to me having the opportunities to bring my floral craft to events. She has continued to open doors and create space for me to grow in my craft through her own event bookings and has been a generous business woman in her desire to share the work whenever possible.
And, of course, my husband David Vinson! He is always my loudest cheerleader and voice of reason when I’m feeling wobbly. He believes in me so fully that there is no going back!
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