But to where did I wish to scurry in the first place? Primarily to Pot & Box, on the tip from a friend who *always* knows about intriguing people and things. And also to the neighboring Metal, though it was unconfirmed they would be open. As it was, I arrived at the Charming Pot & Box a few minutes before the stated close time, though proprietor Lisa Waud was chill, "Oh, I'm here, working, and a couple is due to come in a bit..." Lisa is warm and down-to-earth; and we established that we have both volunteered at nonprofit fave 826 Michigan*, which means extra points right there. Uh, which is not to say any point assigning is occurring. Gold star? Gold star.
* Hey! new this year, check out their online store catalog
Lisa's floral love goes deep. The home site announces: "Rooted by her education in horticulture, her fingernails have been dirty for over 15 years through service & retail experience." Her original concept was focused on container gardens and boxes, to the exclusion of providing floral arrangements. "I actually thought I would contact all the restaurants in the area and keep their boxes filled, and you know, I could barter for food, how great would that be?...But then friends kept approaching me to do flowers for weddings and things like that..."
Without abandoning the idea of the former, she folded cutting gardens and floral arranging into the mix. The flowers she doesn't grow herself are sourced with an eye to organic/natural and local (lots of visits to farmers' markets). The container garden services include original design, planting and regular upkeep, based on clients' wishes, which strikes me as cool since it potentially encompasses businesses, homeowners and black-thumbed individuals operating on less of a budget.
|In the right when you enter is a selection of work by local artists|
|Festive holiday bottle "lamps."|
|Nifty illustrator Nicole Ray/Sloe Gin Fizz, among others|
|Sharp pillows by Salt Lab|
|Mysterious Organic Forms. Possibly gecko eggs.|
|Birdcages originally bought for a wedding|
|O, Happy Succulents!|
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