Mother’s Day creates new business for local florist affected by COVID-19
BRAZOS VALLEY, TX – Many small businesses had to adapt when the pandemic hit, but when it comes to major holidays and celebrations, they are thankful for the new business that followed.
It was a busy start to the morning for small business owner Tricia Barksdale. Tricia Barksdale Designs is looking after many families this Mother’s Day, so she got up early, working on putting together some lovely arrangements for all those last-minute Mother’s Day orders.
Barksdale has been serving the Brazos Valley for over 30 years with its floral designs, but when the pandemic hit it took an impact on his business.
“We were deemed essential, I kept my business going. I couldn’t keep all of my employees, so I went from a payroll of eight to myself, ”said Tricia Barksdale, owner of Tricia Barksdale Designs.
Barksdale worked hard to keep her storefront open, but it got too difficult on her own. She closed the store and moved her work home a year ago this week.
Jim Pillans of the Brazos Valley Small Business Development Center says a storefront has many obligations.
“If you’re a storefront owner, you’ve got insurance you’re going to have, you’ve got deposits, you’ve got utilities that you have to pay for,” said Jim Pillans, director of the Brazos Valley Small Business Development Center. . “If you have to keep the store open, you will have employees who will be there too,”
Pillans says many small businesses haven’t been able to support the same volume of customers without them entering the store. Some companies have been able to take advantage of technology to support their customers, but others have not been so lucky. It hurt them in terms of the costs they still had to cover.
Tricia is grateful to have many clients who always choose her arrangements for one of the busiest celebrations of the year.
“In the flower industry we have the Superbowl which is Valentine’s Day and I guess you’d call Mother’s Day, May Madness, I don’t know, it’s our second busiest opportunity to share our flowers with people, ”Barksdale said. “I’m just very grateful and it’s because these customers have become friends”,
Since this morning, Tricia says orders are closed.
This year the flower industry has experienced a shortage of flowers. Tricia recommends on celebrations and busy holidays like this weekend, to receive your order as early as possible on your schedule.
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