We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Eskew and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Emily, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
The lack of sustainable attainability. I compost my stems and source from as many Colorado resources as I can. Many people just want what they want without thinking of the carbon footprint of the flower. I remember being shocked at the amount of waste there was when I first started in this industry. The plastic wrapping on each flower bunch, cut stems and leaves, and then the fact that if the flowers don’t sell they get trashed. This even happens to the wholesalers. I think in order to create more sustainability, it’s important to educate customers. You may want a specific flower that’s out of season and it came from Ecuador. I think it’s so important to support local flower farmers.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Our brand is pretty unique. We are an LGBT-owned and run business. We take a holistic approach to floral design and customer service. Each event is designed with each unique customer in mind. We don’t do wedding packages, because we custom design each event to be tailored to the individual and their needs. We take a sustainable approach to floral design and are a part of the anti-floral foam movement. We also strive to use local flowers as much as possible and compost our stems. I’m the proudest of the fact that I run the business on my own. I’ve had a lot of support and help along the way but ultimately I run everything and design everything myself. It has never been easy. It started with me putting in 14 hour days and it felt like it was never enough. I’m finally starting to find that work-life balance I’ve been craving. It’s all about prioritizing tasks for me and setting reminders to get things done. I’d be nowhere without my calendar. The organization helped me overcome the biggest barrier for me which is time management. I started this business in the middle of a pandemic as I was switching career paths and no one was hiring. It was definitely a big risk to take, but I’m so glad I did. This is the most rewarding my life and career have ever been. I attribute where this all started to my Grandmother. I was definitely an out-there child and loved nature, but she was the first one to introduce me to Ikebana (Japanese floral design) and types of flowers. I remember being out in her garden with her as a child and loving being a part of something so exciting. Now I get to share that with other people which is the most exciting part.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have friends visit a lot, so I have a running list of things to do in the City. I like to make sure we hit some of the best restaurants and cocktail bars. I like to start with brunch somewhere like Beast and Bottle, then a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art for some good art and drinks on the roof. Then I’d head over to the RINO Art District for some walking and shopping to check out Denver Central Market for a late lunch and to hit some breweries. Definitely Third Culture for a matcha drink and Death & Co. for a cocktail. Depending on who’s in town, we might hit the Denver Botanic Gardens instead to check out the local blooms. I would love to end the day with dinner at Fruition or Pho Duy depending on what everyone is in the mood for. It seems like I have a recommendation for every occasion and mood. I think some of the most fun areas to spend the day in are the RINO district and South Broadway Area. I like to hang out at upscale places that aren’t pretentious, and I’m always down for a hole-in-the-wall type joint as long as the food is good. We always take friends to this awesome Korean BBQ joint in Aurora called Seoul BBQ then grab a private karaoke room at Muse afterwards. It’s the best place around the City for Korean BBQ. I used to live in Japan and it definitely takes me back. Other great places include Drag Brunch at Hamburger Mary’s, Retrograde Speakeasy, Sweet Cooie’s Ice cream, Trompeau Bakery, Maine Shack, and Dio Mio.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to those closest to me. I wouldn’t have started this business (or continued) this business without them. My best friend Kate Trefethen, who is like my sister, moved to Colorado to help and inspire me. She’s an amazing creative director. My parents for encouraging me in my entrepreneurship. Lastly, Chris was there every step of the way from hauling flower buckets to early morning runs, and supporting me when things got overwhelming. I am so grateful to these amazing people in my life.

Website: saltandrosedesigns.com

Instagram: saltandrose

Facebook: SaltandRoseDesigns

Image Credits
Kalen Jesse Photography, BaseCamp Visual, Jacie Marguerite Fine Art Photography

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