First summer job becomes career for local woman
Whether it's a wedding, corporate event or just because you felt like sending flowers to someone special, M Studio Flower Affair has it all.
Meghan Kelliher, owner and designer of the new Woodbury flower shop, began working there as a teenager in high school. It was her first job, but then a few years later she bought the place.
"They kind of left the store to me in a way," she said of the former owners. "They were ready to retire and they finally retired when I bought it."
After going to school for interior design at Alexandria Technical College, Kelliher purchased what was formerly called Flower Affair and added the "M Studio" in front of it this last January. A ribbon cutting and grand opening is slated for 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 with treats and coffee served to those who attend.
She now applies her interior design skills to flower arrangements to set the mood of any event. With many different aspects -- color, type, style, height -- Kelliher takes into consideration the architecture and design of the venues where the flowers are placed.
"Our wedding season is gonna be huge this year. It's just growing and multiplying faster than I can imagine," she said.
Her business is also growing; she's starting to get those referrals and the "oh, you did my sister's wedding, or oh, you did my cousin's wedding" comments, she said.
M Studio Flower Affair specializes in weddings, although the shop sets up for various other events from funerals to prom, birthdays and anniversary parties.
"I love working with the kids for prom," Kelliher said.
With the upcoming wedding and prom seasons, the shop has been busy getting ready for all sorts of colors and designs that are hot this year.
This year's trends will vary from earthy and eco-friendly products to bright and pale colors that just don't go away.
"We always have a few pink weddings whether it's hot or light pastels," Kelliher said.
But if there is a bride out there who doesn't know exactly what she wants, there are little techniques the florist uses to get ideas flowing: showing two completely opposite photos, or just reading people and figuring out their personal styles.
"Everybody has their own personalized way of seeing their event," she said, but adding that helpful hints and brainstorming help create a vision if one doesn't exist from the get-go.
To make an appointment with Kelliher, call 651-777-6260, or stop in between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. M Studio Flower Affair is located in the City Walk complex, suite H.