It started as a store in my dining room, that we quickly outgrew. It then turned into a store above my garage, which became a distribution center, where I’ve packaged thousands of orders to be shipped around the country and even the world.
Most days since September 13, 2012, I’ve excitedly climbed the stairs to lovingly process orders for Fellow Flowers. For the first few months, I wrote them out by hand. I was beyond thrilled to write out names and addresses of women who had ordered flowers and apparel. What’s been even better is getting to meet these women in person whose name I’ve recognized from doing this. I wish we had started to put tacks on a map so we could see where our flowers have bloomed. I can’t think of many states that I haven’t sent an order to. A treadmill and a stability ball have been my daughter’s playground for more hours than I can count. I know the post office workers by name and they were most helpful in getting us set up to process our own orders online as we started to grow. They fully expect me to blow in with my bins daily at 4:59 pm.
Tonight, we packed it all up, as we are transferring our distribution to Madison, WI. A bittersweet moment for me. I look forward to my new responsibilities as we continue our work to create a space for women to honor, share and celebrate the reasons we run. We thank each and every one of you for giving us the opportunity to grow.
It was our supportive parents who showed up tonight to help, along with my husband who’s behind the camera. He’s done his fair share of order fulfillment this past eight months as well. They counted shirts, hung shirts, boxed them, carried them and packed them into a U-haul, while also helping to watch kids. We thank and love them dearly.