The public has spent the last few weeks sneaking a peek on Christy Wagner and her new endeavor Blooms and Bling. After purchasing Petals and More, Wagner changed not only the name of the Bloomfield flower shop, but she is changing the whole aesthetic.
Since purchasing, Wagner has stripped the walls down to the exposed brick, put in new flooring and shiplap, painted and more. People can’t help but to be curious as to what she is up to in there.
Wagner is excited to announce that she has decided to open the doors for business on Monday, July 22.
There will be a grand opening at a later date. Wagner has so many ideas but hasn’t pinned anything down just yet. She has considered bringing in a food truck and make a collaborative event out of it.
She would like to have good deals, give-aways and have other businesses down Broadway stay open later. Her goal is to bring a lot of people to town.
People will definitely notice the new look, but Wagner also has new home decor pieces, wood flowers, candles and more in the store.
She has also gotten her feet wet by already arranging flowers for a funeral before her doors are even open.
“I’ve already sold a lot of plants and have a lot of flowers on hand and made some arrangements,” she said.
Wagner said she really enjoys arranging, especially after a day of working at the motel, it’s almost therapeutic.
“It’s so calming and relaxing,” she said.
Wagner knows that even with the great support she has seen from the community, it will take some time to get everything figured out.
“I’ve never done this before,” she said. “There’s so much to learn, like just how much time it takes when the flowers come in, like trimming all the flowers and putting them into quick dip and put them in the containers.”
She then has to clean all the flower containers and the inside of the cooler every week.
Another thing Wagner will find out with time is her hours of operation. Currently, she is planning on being open Monday through Friday noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon.
“Once we sell the motel, I will have more time to focus on the flower shop,” she said.
She is often there until midnight with these renovations and organizing in progress and has noticed some men coming in and wanting bouquets later at night. Once she gets going, her hours might reflect that as well.
Wagner also plans on delivering as far as Osmond and Niobrara. The previous owners had a lot of luck with receiving business from the north side of Knox County and she plans to continue working with them.
“It is kind of amazing,” she said. “Everyone has been so helpful and the community is so supportive.”
Many florists in the area have reached out to her, telling her to not hesitate to ask for help or advice.
Wagner said the most exciting part is getting to interact with local people again.
“I love working at the motel, don’t get me wrong. I get to meet people from all over and I enjoy that, but I’m excited to get to interact with local people at the flower shop,” she said.
Keep up with Blooms and Bling’s progress on their Facebook page and be sure to stop in on Monday.