Lily Floral Designs is celebrating its grand opening this Sat., Oct. 15 in Columbus Park — 922 E. 5th St., KCMO.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Deal: The first 20 customers get free flowers
Food: “The Potato Man’s coming” — @tcsfullyloaded
Other: Giveaways, a photo booth, permanent jewelry
About the company
Lily Williams started the brand in her studio apartment. Within one year, she did flowers for 50 weddings.
“I would just turn the air down and be like, I’m fine, I’ll just sleep in sweats.”
Betsy Ford (the buyer) had worked with Lily before, and she asked if they wanted to go into business together. The 50-50 partnership was born.
The new space
The duo comes to Columbus Park from a small 800-sqft studio in Brookside. Their new 2,800-sqft store comes with:
- A walk-in space for bouquets, cards, plants, pots, vases, and handbags.
- A large processing + storage area
- A cyclorama wall, which rents to local photographers to help subsidize rent
The flower shop’s location is right in between two other women-owned businesses — Cafe Cà Phê + Swoon Cookie Crafters. Lily said the local residents and business owners have already been making them feel right at home.
“It’s like Sesame Street down here,” Lily said. “Everybody’s so nice.”