New florist setting up at Salt
ALEX Gullis knows a thing or two about flower arranging.
For the past 20 years she has dedicated her life to the trade, travelling the world in the process.
She has run her own business from home on the Tweed for the past three years and now will have her own retail space at Salt to show off her skills.
“I have always loved working with flowers. It all just grew from my passion for flowers,” Ms Gullis told the Tweed Daily News.
From France, to the United State, Egypt and Japan, Ms Gullis has travelled to study the art of flower arrangement.
She said through her travels she had gained an appreciation for what makes a high-quality bunch of flowers.
“The European style and the attention to detail of flower arrangements, the quality, the flourish, is of the highest degree,” Ms Gullis said.
“They are just so much more dedicated and professional.
Before moving to the Tweed, she decorated for David Jones stores in Sydney and worked for one of the city’s most-respected florists.
She said she prides herself on constantly learning more about her trade, and said using high-quality produce was important.
“One of my hallmarks is the quality of produce I use. I always make sure the customer always gets the highest quality from the market.”
One Tweed family recently went all-out for a 50th wedding anniversary and Ms Gullis put together a 20-metre-long garland for the occasion.
Ms Gullis’ retail store, called Pollen at Salt Village, has also been contracted to supply tailored decorations and floral arrangements for Salt’s restaurants, resorts and shops.
Ray Group Head of Retail and Commercial Jack Ray said Pollen was a welcome addition to Salt Village’s expanding shopping precinct.
“Pollen at Salt will add a touch of colour to Salt Village restaurants, resorts and retail outlets with beautiful floral arrangements and home wares,” he said.
Ms Gullis expects to have an official opening for the retail store on December 15.