Crafters head to Buds and Blooms

Buds and Blooms owner Lucas Christenson is looking for crafters to fill the nooks and crannies of his popular flower shop on the corner of Griffin Avenue and Porter Street in Enumclaw. He’s hoping to nestle their pieces between his large inventory of fresh flowers, tropical plants, European garden baskets, contemporary and traditional arrangements and silk and dried floral arrangements.

  • Tuesday, December 9, 2008 4:41am
  • Business

Buds and Blooms owner Lucas Christenson is looking for crafters to fill the nooks and crannies of his popular flower shop on the corner of Griffin Avenue and Porter Street in Enumclaw. He’s hoping to nestle their pieces between his large inventory of fresh flowers, tropical plants, European garden baskets, contemporary and traditional arrangements and silk and dried floral arrangements.

Christenson is opening a consignment shop in the area that once was home to Buds and Blooms’ giftware.

The longtime Buds and Blooms owner, whose family has been in the flower and plant business for 35 years, is scaling down his giftware to make room for more – what else? – plants and flowers. The Enumclaw business has been expanding that side of the business. Christenson has added a Web site, www.enumclawflorist.com, and recently and two wire services, Teleflora and FTD, to provide customers with more options for their wedding, funeral, holiday and everyday floral needs.

But in freeing up space, while noting not all the giftware will go, Christenson saw an opportunity to showcase Plateau-area talents and wares. A consignment shop allows him to concentrate on plants and flowers, while providing a niche for artisans to display and sell their items.

With the closing of downtown Enumclaw’s Antique Mall, there’s been quite a bit of interest in the consignment shop. So far, it’s filled with artists’ work, handmade greeting cards, knitted items, beaded jewelry and candles – and there’s room for more.

Christenson is offering reasonable consignment fees with a variety of options. He can provide a monthly lease, charge by the square foot or assess a fee based on percentage of sales; he said he’s flexible.

“I’m really interested in filling the space,” he said.

The flower shop and the consignment store, at 1409 Griffin Ave., are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For information about either, call 360-825-5321.

Reach Brenda Sexton at bsexton@courierherald.com or 360-802-8206.

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