Elizabeth Schenk never really intended to open her new flower shop, Posh Petals
, on Plainfield Avenue; in fact, she never really intended on becoming a florist at all.
“I did weddings for my brothers and a couple of friends and then somebody got my name and a lot of people just started calling me,” Schenk says. “I actually did something like 20 weddings in my first year, maybe 25. It wasn't necessarily anything I had planned on, I just kind of fell into it.”
That was six years ago. Schenk says it wasn’t until the end of last year, when realized she’d done floral arrangements for over 100 events, that she decided Posh Petals needed its own work and retail space. She settled on the storefront at 2150 Plainfield Avenue, the former Roxy Theatre
, which showed movies at capacity back in its 1940s-era heyday. After that, the building was host to a roller rink, from which Schenk says the original hardwood floors are still intact.
Dimly lit in hues of ivory and grey, the solitary bright pink wall of Posh Petals represents what the business aims to be – a balance of traditional and modern, with an emphasis on the subtle.
Posh Petals has a variety of floral arrangements available for walk-in customers or delivery, as well as a cooler filled with fresh blooms and arrangements with a work station where customers can choose their flowers, a vase, add water, and build their own bouquets.
Posh Petals also sells jewelry from Rose Water Designs in Spring Lake, Green Girl of California tote bags, Library of Flowers fragrances and body products, Trapp Candles, and custom-order wood items like wedding cake toppers and picture frames that can be personalized.
“We also offer some things that people can buy for weddings or parties or baby showers,” Schenk says. “We have a bunch of vintage china, we have a lot of glassware, and table numbers, and anything else people might want for an event.”
Want to learn a few tips and tricks from Schenk? Posh Petals will offer a monthly Wine and Design class where Schenk will take attendees step-by-step through one of her own floral arrangements. For upcoming Wine and Design dates, or to register online, visit Posh Petals on Facebook
Written by Anya Zentmeyer
Images courtesy of Nicole Marie Photography