A FLORIST is hoping her new Shirley venture, Mrs Bouquet, becomes a business that even Hyacinth would approve of.
Julie Lavell set up her florist stall in Robin Hood Cemetery just over three weeks ago, but Mrs Bouquet, named after Keeping Up Appearances’ social climber Hyacinth Bucket, who insisted her surname was pronounced ‘bouquet’, has already becoming a hit with local visitors.
“The name’s definitely caused a laugh or two,” said Julie, affectionately known as Mrs Bucket to her customers.
“It [the sitcom] was on a few years ago but everyone seems to know Mrs Bucket.”
Trained florist Julie, spent over 20 years in the floristry business working for national companies until recently losing her job. Coupled with her recent divorce, the mum-of-three decided she wanted to do something she loved.
“It’s a great new start after a traumatic few years,” said the 40-year-old. “I became unemployed and was looking for jobs but found it really hard. So I decided I might as well use the skills I have and go it on my own. Shop rents were too expensive so a stall seemed the best place to start.
“I love being my own boss. Doing something I love, it doesn’t feel like work.”
Julie decided to base herself at the cemetery after struggling to find florists nearby.
“I visited the cemetery as I have family here but noticed there were no local florists.
“It seemed like an ideal place to be, there’s so much passing trade and feedback has been excellent. There is definitely potential to grow. I hope to become the friendly family florist at the heart of the local community.”
The businesswoman gets up at 5am every morning to buy the freshest flowers from Birmingham’s wholesale market and promises to be at her stall ‘come rain or shine.’
She also offers a range of other services including funeral work with home visits, grave tending, weddings and anniversaries.
Mrs Bouquet is open Wednesday to Sunday. To contact Julie, call 07963 242 303.