“Back to Manhattan”

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Photography Credit – Detroit Photographic Co.

Norah Jones may have said it in a song but I say it every March when I go “Back to Manhattan”, the city that never sleeps.  Manhattan is one of the few cities in the world that I will always go back to time and time again and never tire of it.  I spent a few years living in Manhattan after college pursuing a career in finance and fulfilling my dream of living and working in the greatest city in the world.  Who would have thought I would return every spring with a new group of friends pursuing a career in floral design? The days of 52nd Street and Park Avenue are long gone and now I spend my time meandering around the 28th Street Floral Market and the ribbon and trim shops of 6th Avenue and the Fashion District.

The inaugural trip of the “Chapel Designers” started in 2011 and brought together a small group of less than 20 floral designers from across the US.  In 3 short years the group has grown to more than 80 designers from around the world to include Australia, Mexico, Russia and the Virgin Islands.  AMAZING!   It all started with a simple “tweet” from Holly Chapple asking “who wants to meet me in NYC?”  I threw caution to the wind and decided to join her.  Having lived in Manhattan I felt pretty secure in my decision to go and knew I would have no problems navigating the city, but who were these people I would be meeting up with?  I had followed Holly’s blog for about a year and you would have thought I knew her intimately.  Sure, I’ll hop a Chinatown bus to NYC and spend a few days in the Floral Markets with you and 15 other random people I’ve never met!  Who does this?  I DID!  One of the best decisions I ever made!  This group has connected some of the most talented designers who are all striving to elevate the standards across the floral design industry.

Next week I’ll take you on a flashback of our 3 day conference in NYC. There will be beautiful flowers from Florabundance, Fleura-Metz and Harvest, industry leaders from Style Me Pretty and Martha Stewart, and the mega-talented designers Holly Chapple, David Beahm and Karen Tran.  I will also share my shopping fun at the ribbon and trim shops.

Here’s a little taste of what’s to come!

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-AJ

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