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Love, Anji

Tuesday, October 06, 2015


When I moved to Cleveland I met some really awesome people. People who inspired me to be a better photographer, to become a bad ass babe on a bike, and who made me fall back in love with small businesses. Anji falls into that last category. Just to be clear I've always been a big fan of small biz but being able to see one in action outside of my own makes my heart flutter.

Anji is allergic to flowers so before her wedding she realized she needed an alternative. She ended up making her own flowers, and basically, the rest is history. Six months later she was selling at local markets and shows. In July 2013 she opened up a stall in 5th Street Arcades. Fast forward to September 15th of this year and she just opened her very own store front in the Arcade!

Last week she asked me to come work at the store while her and Jake celebrated their anniversary. For some reason this lady thought I was responsible enough to take care of business while she took a much deserved day off. Haha! I was pretty nervous but I had an absolute blast. In general, with people I don't know, I'm extremely shy but I actually really really enjoyed interacting with customers. Two of which stood out from the rest. The first was a younger guy who was buying his wife a bouquet for their first anniversary - the paper anniversary! I'm pretty sure there literally could not be a more perfect gift. He was so nervous. The second was an older gentleman who was also picking out a bouquet for his wife. I helped him choose the perfect flowers. It was cute to see how much thought he was putting in to it. I just enjoy being a tiny, tiny part a love story. I'm a huge sap. That was always one of my favorite things when I saw sewing full time, wrapping up orders that included notes for loved ones.

Anyway while I wasn't just melting over people buying things for loved ones I shot some photos of the store because I knew I had to blog about this place...


Anji does weddings, takes custom orders, and is basically the sweetest lil thing ever. I'm proud to call Anji a friend and more than excited to share her work here with you! If you're in the Cleveland area make sure to swing by the new store. If not, be sure to check out her website!
xoxo

Love, Anji
530 Euclid Ave.
Suite 20
Cleveland, OH 44115

ps. If you ever want to look her up but can't find this post or remember her name, typing "paper.florist" in your address bar will forward you to her site. How awesome is that?! 

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  1. That's such a cute idea for a first anniversary! Love it!
    Liquid Grain

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    1. Right!? I definitely give that dude credit for that brilliant idea! That's smooth!

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  2. Yesss I love Anji/Jake and her flowers! Beautiful

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    1. If you love them so much you should just move back to Cleveland! :P

      (We miss you!)

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  3. it looks so lovely! the blue roses bouquet... <3

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  4. Gah, these are SO COOL. What a neat way to save your wedding day bouquet forever!

    I know what you mean! Finding awesome independent shops and sellers that offer beautiful hand crafted thoughtful products makes me just so happy. I always feel good spending my money there because I'm supporting communities, local families, and friends instead of big greedy corporations.

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  5. whoa, those flowers are gorgeous!

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  6. I love paper flowers! I wish she was closer!

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  7. I went to a wedding last year where the bride's mom made a bunch of paper flowers using music paper - such a neat idea! I also have two roses made of leather that Shawn got me at the Renaissance Faire. We plan on getting one each time we go... eventually I'll have a bouquet of them :) I'd love to visit Anji's store if we're ever in Cleveland though.

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    1. That's neat! Anji has made them from save the dates before which I just think is the cutest idea!

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  8. I also made my own paper wedding flowers, but these are absolutely gorgeous!

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  9. I just visited there yesterday night, although all the shops were closed.. I plan a making another stop when they're open!

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    1. Swing by Chocolate 76 too! The owner is so so sweet and funny. Plus CHOCOLATES, duh! :P

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  10. what a cute little shop! and those flowers are beautiful.

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    1. Isn't it just adorable!? It's so bright and cheery in there (and I, of course, LOVE all the black and white!)

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  11. Pretty! And very cute about the paper anniversary.. you are on point, bridegroom! About being shy.. my husband is super uncomfortable and awkward with strangers or any sort of focused attention, and yet he's fine with interacting with customers at work, or playing and singing on stage in front of a crowd. I asked him about it and he thinks the difference is he feels a lot more comfortable when he is interacting with an actual purpose (as opposed to small talk or being sung at in a restaurant). Kinda like keeping your hands busy so you don't fidget, only with your brain, I guess!

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  12. This is absolutely adorable. I wish I could make beautiful paper flowers like that. And the best part is, they can last a lifetime.

    http://danyellbailey.com

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  13. What an awesome story, and an awesome looking place!! Go Anji!!

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  14. What a great idea! I bet they make a house feel like a home x
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

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  15. I wish I lived in Cleveland! What a unique and beautiful idea!! =)

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