I met Chris about 10 years ago through a bride who hired me. He was helping with her wedding planning. We hit it off immediately, and pretty soon Chris became a regular at LoCoFlo. He became one of my flower people. He took classes and came to events. He entered and won Bloom Battle, my annual amateur design competition, multiple times. He even DIY’ed his wedding centerpieces at our shop with his Gran, sister, cousins and friends. Chris became an excellent floral designer. I even hired him to freelance with us on some large weddings and invited him to participate in some special projects like the Mini Photoshoot.

When Chris bought a new house with an event venue on the first floor during the pandemic, I couldn’t have been more excited – for him and for us. Broadway & Bank (Instagram | Peerspace) is a flex space available for just about anyone in the community for any purpose or event imaginable. We started brainstorming floral events we could have in the space. We finally hosted our first joint event, a Thanksgiving centerpiece class, just before the holiday. It was a blast.

The twelve student-designers that came to the class were a mix of my flower people, some from Chris’s network, and a few first timers. It was the first event Chris hosted at Broadway & Bank (not counting dance parties with friends). He wanted to kick it off with someone he knew and trusted. We were honored. The space felt so joyful filled with light and flowers. Winston Zhou, who I met through Creative Mornings Baltimore, photographed everything. The students received photos posing with their arrangements, and Chris got some marketing content for his new venue. Check out a sample of Winton’s photos from the class.

Building my flower community is at the heart of everything I do. Collaborations are important because they introduce my business to a new audience and I meet new business partners. This one was special because I was able to work with friends to develop our businesses.

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