As Floral Manager at our Cedar Mill Market, Sarah’s career has blossomed at Market of Choice. She’s a big fan of plants and loves being surrounded by them every day, both at work and at home. In addition to sharing her plant knowledge with customers, she cares for her own unique collection of nearly 60 houseplants.
“I’m so passionate about them,” she says. “I know a lot about plants, and I love to share and help people so that their plants not just survive but thrive.”
Her job at Market of Choice helped fuel her interest in all things green, but she didn’t start out in the Floral Shop. Sarah has a background in food service and initially joined the Market of Choice team as a Kitchen Clerk. One day, though, she noticed a display of succulents and became intrigued, so she started reading about them.
As she has in all of her positions, Sarah excelled as a Kitchen Clerk. She remembers when a group of Girl Scouts visited the store and how much she enjoyed teaching them how to make pizza, even showing them how she twirled the dough in the air. “That was really fun,” she says.
The opportunity to teach children also taught her something else. It was in that moment that she realized her passion for sharing her knowledge and skills with others. “I didn’t know that about myself,” she says.
When she began working in the Floral Shop, she felt like she’d found her niche. She also appreciates the comradery of working with a tight-knit team and the recognition she receives for her work.
“We’re like a family here,” she says. “I really feel like they value our opinion.”
Working with floral arrangements has been a new experience, Sarah says. She loves being able to express herself artistically and share in her customers’ special moments.
A high school senior came in recently to ask for help in setting up a prom experience for some of his friends. Because of the pandemic, they were holding a small event in a garage. Sarah was happy to help them pick flowers, colors and a theme.
Sarah enjoys exploring ideas with customers and brainstorming ways to make their events extra special, which can be both rewarding and sometimes emotional, she says.
“I feel like I’m much more involved in the lives of my customers now,” she says.
In her free time, she likes watching floral design videos and getting out and about with her boyfriend, who also works at our Cedar Mill Market. They both enjoy going for walks and paddle boarding. She also likes to tend her garden and share starts with her mother and her grandmother.
Sarah says she’s very happy how things have turned out for her at Market of Choice.
“I’m excited to be here in my new role,” she says. “I look forward to coming to work every day.”