Local Florist Becomes a “Blooming” Business for MompreneurBy ELISA MAYO,
Eleven years ago April Hunter walked in to Fantasy Cottage to discuss buying the business from then-owner, Jane Davis, “The first thing I saw was a tapestry on the wall with my favorite Bible verse: ‘For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ The timing and opportunity was definitely a ‘God-thing’. My love of flowers and people inspired me to pursue this adventure,” explains April. While April wasn’t sure she was cut out to own a florist, she says, “I always enjoyed working with flowers in my yard and with the encouragement of family and friends, I accepted the challenge and it has turned into a rewarding experience. It was definitely something I had never done before.”
April feels like there are several advantages to owning her own business, “I don’t have to answer to anyone but myself, my customers, and my God who has blessed me with this business. It also allowed me to attend many school functions with my son, Cody,” says April. Prioritizing life and work is a balancing act when owning a business, “Making my customer happy is important to me. Sometimes it requires long hours and weekends, but it is so important to please my customers!” She is able to meet the different challenges each day offers when dealing with the loss of loved ones, a celebratory event, such as a birthday, anniversary, or a ‘pick-me-up’ through her dedication to the business and the staff she employs. She has worked to improve and develop her design skills and says, “I hope people would say I’m talented in floral design. I work very hard for my customers and try hard to be a people-pleaser.” She credits her father-in-law, Carl Hunter, with giving her some advice that helped her see how important each customer is when he told her that the best advertising was a happy customer and word-of-mouth. So, in her business she rarely says “no” to a potential customer, “I feel everyone is important and every order is important, so I try and smile and thank them wholeheartedly.”
April and her staff arrange live and artificial flowers. They also make candles, as well as, offer numerous gift options with mylar and latex helium balloons, live green and blooming plants, gift-packs, and coke-packs, home decor items, and many other things. She says her business has given her many rewards, “I love what I do! It can be mentally and physically exhausting at times, but when I see a customer’s smile or get a sweet ‘thank you’, it makes it all worthwhile!”
When April gets a day off, which is usually Sunday, she enjoys attending church at Barnett Independent Church, laying by the pool, working in her yard, and spending time with her family.
April is married to Jeff Hunter, who is also an entrepreneur. He owns H&H Services. They have one son, Cody Hunter, who is currently a music education major at William Carey University.