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TIS THE SEASON – ALMOST!

“Tis the Season!  As Christmas comes closer and COVID hits harder, we all need to think about shopping differently this year.  Over the summer Canadians fell hard to the lure of on-line shopping through big box stores.  We need to search out our smaller local shops and work closely with them to keep our ecomony strong.

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Today we’re taking a glimpse at one of Barrie’s newest florist shops.  Owned by Julie Jacques, and located at 2 Marcellus Drive, in south end Barrie is Wild Lotus Floral Design. (https://wildlotusfloraldesign.ca)  Julie has been a floral designer for over 15 years and was nominated as one of Barrie’s Best in the 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards.

Having just opened her shop this fall, you can be sure that Julie is excited about the upcoming season.  Wild Lotus Floral  Design shop is certainly not just floral arrangements.  There is a wide array of giftware as well.  Find everything from rustic home decor to jewellery to meditation and mindfulness gifts.  There are some beautifully seasonal choices as well.  Julie is a wonderful supporter of local artisans as well, displaying their talent in her shop.

Julie would like to take a moment to teach us the difference between using a local florist or one of the large on-line franchises.  If at all possible avoid the middleman and shop local.  To begin with, that saves dollars.  When you call a florist directly they can tell you exactly what’s available at that moment.  Lastly and most importantly is that local florists are true artists.  They can create something beautiful and customized for you based on your needs and budget.  Take Julie for instance, her style is described as rustic, modern with an elegant flare.  Julie herself loves to do a bit of avant-garde design.  She mentions an all black floral arrangement bedazzled with diamond headed pins for a local tattoo shop, or a totally black and white theme for a wedding!

Her biggest passion though is the customer.  She loves the smile that appears on the face of every happy client.  Julie likes to say “That sending a loved one an arrangement always feels like a warm hug!”

Julie loves to take part in random acts of kindness and fully believes in “paying it forward”.  There is a giveaway program at the shop that you should call about.  Julie intends on becoming the best florist shop in Barrie.  Her full service shop and superior designs are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.  Check her website at https://www.wildlotusfloraldesign.ca or give her a call at (705) 984-7234.  I think you’ll be happy you did.  Remember – Shop Local – Support our Economy!

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