Plush Floral Studio is an award-winning, locally owned floral studio that offers an array of fresh, trendy, minimalist and contemporary designs to compliment all occasions and budgets (with gifts starting at just $10). Located in the heart of North Burnaby Heights; we hold a strong sense of community in our hearts, but also provide couriered delivery service available throughout the lower mainland. Owner Mandy Karpoff holds nearly twenty years in professionally trained floral design experience with expertise in weddings, funerals, corporate, large functions, intimate functions (showers, parties, receptions) or any moment you are wanting to celebrate with floral. Her designs stream passion and care and are expressions of art and emotion.
Question: How are you supporting other local businesses?
Answer: I buy so much of my inventory from B.C. businesses! About 80% of my inventory comes from a local growers co-operative that conducts a Dutch-style floral market that is the second largest in the world. There is a huge selection of B.C. grown products, and all the flowers come directly from growers in North America.
In terms of services, I do so many things myself. That’s the crazy life of a small business owner! So web design, social media, marketing, etc. is all kept local because it’s done in house by me. For many of the things I can’t do, I work with B.C. suppliers. My accountant is local. I contract a local driver for deliveries, and when I’m super busy and need extra support, I use a locally owned delivery service (not Fedex).
Question: What social and environmental practices are you proud of?
Answer: I feel passionate about giving back to the community, and spend quite a bit of time coordinating a community donation program to support various charities and people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) living with mental health, addiction and homelessness. Several times a year we collect gently used items like clothing, blankets, toiletries and food. In June we coordinate Duffels for Dudes for Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month; for Valentine’s Day we coordinate Project Purse for women and in December we donate Xmas Stockings. We collect useful items with a bag, purse or stocking to donate them in. People bring these items into us and we pass them along to someone in need. To date we have hand delivered ~700 purses to women working and living in shelters and on the streets of the DTES. We offer a 10% discount off your next purchase (holiday exempt) when you bring in a full bag to support this program.