Q: What brought you to Prescott; when?
A: 1989. I was in the process of getting a divorce and my mom lived here. I moved from Boston with my 9-year-old daughter and two suitcases.
Q: How did you become interested in your career field?
A: When I arrived, I applied at every flower shop in town, since that’s what I had been doing in Boston. I got hired at Allan’s almost immediately.
Q: What is the biggest challenge of your job?
A: We work hard for our share of the market, fighting against online companies that aren’t actual flower shops but masquerade as one. With the advent of COVID, our issues have been staffing, sourcing flowers and other products used in designs.
Q: What is the greatest reward of your job?
A: Knowing that we help people connect across miles. Sometimes it’s because they are trying to repair a rift with a friend, send condolences to family, or be a part of someone’s celebration when they can’t be here personally. We always say “We create beauty and deliver happiness” —I am grateful that I hold that in my heart every single day.
Q: Where would you like to vacation next and why?
A: I love getting on a ship and sailing to a tropical or exotic destination. There is nothing to do but relax … I need that more than anything. I also love that I stay in one room but end up in different places overnight.
Q: What is the last book you read; what did enjoy about it?
A: I read Green Light by Matthew McConaughey. I liked how he learned to see the green light in every situation he was put in — good or bad. He learned through hindsight that even what appears frustrating or like a stop sign can be a green light in the long run. I see that in my business. When something seemingly horrible or crazy happens, I have learned to wait and see the good in the situation.
Q: What is your favorite Prescott activity?
A: Christmas in Prescott; I like walking around the square when it is all decorated. I also love the music in the summer on the square. I love that Prescott is such a musical town, and you can hear live music almost any day.