Growing up surrounded by the natural beauty of Australia in her grandparents’ gardens, it was inevitable that Leah’s love of flowers would one day translate into her own business. L.J. Bannister (Flower dealers) brings the gift of beautiful, bespoke bouquets to clients all across Manhattan, featuring a unique Australian touch combined with locally-sourced seasonal blooms. Read on for the story of Leah’s success and an exclusive discount code for AWNY readers.
Tell us about your business and what inspired you to begin.
What has been your ‘Ah Ha’/ ‘I’ve made it in the USA moment’?
It sounds like such a small thing, but the first repeat customer I received was exciting. The city holds so much opportunity—though, of course, it can be intimidating at times—so just launching the business felt like an achievement.
What have been the hardest lessons in starting a business?
Where have you been most successful in marketing your business?
Do you have any mentors, and how have people been with sharing information and their networks?
What advice would you give someone thinking about starting a business?
Other than yourself, what piece of Australia have you put into your business?
What is next for your business?
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