Sneads Ferry — If you want to know What’s Blooming? in Sneads Ferry, you won’t have to go very far. Just take a drive near Four Corners on Rt. 210, (between the Taco Bell and McDonald’s), and be sure to stop by this local florist for their Grand Re-Opening this Saturday, October 15, 6-8pm.
You can’t miss the signature vintage truck, affectionately named “Rusty”, embellished with a cargo bed full of colorful fall flowers, and framed by a quaint picket fence.
Residents may know this business as Floral Expressions by the Sea, a local long-time floral and gift shop. The business recently changed ownership, purchased by Sandy Smith Born from Geneva Antinori, who recently retired.
Now called What’s Blooming?, the new owner intends to continue that special local community charm established by Miss Geneva, but added a new look, with a new name, new branding, and a few fresh updates inside.
Sandy, who vacationed here for years and fell in love with the area, finally relocated to Sneads Ferry two years ago from Pennsylvania. With her fondness of floral design and crafts, and mentoring from Miss Geneva, it was inevitable that Sandy would carry on the traditions of this local boutique.
What’s Blooming will offer the same good service and products as always, with fresh flowers delivered from Sneads Ferry to Topsail Island up into Hampstead. The shop also provides floral crafts and potted plants. Inside you’ll find crafts made by local artisans and Sandy, herself, as well as home-made canned goods, candy, and even seasonal locally grown and raised produce and eggs.
Sandy also expanded the arts and crafts section. She carries products from local jewelry artists Designs by Sue and Island Girl Designs, calligrapher Jennifer Borkowski Designs, and paintings by Cheryl Crane Hunter. She even offers yummy truffle confections to satisfy your chocolate cravings! You can view photos of these crafts and Sandy’s floral designs at her What’s Blooming? Facebook Page.
Sandy is seeking to add another floral designer, so let her know if you have the talent you’d like to share. She also plans to rent out the upstairs area of the building. She’s open to suggestions!