Stallholder Focus: Bicycle Blooms
The Independent Oxford Christmas Market is back this year on 2nd December this year at Turl Street Kitchen in Oxford. We’ve been finding out about our traders over the last few weeks as they tell us about their businesses, why they set them up, and what they will be selling at the Market next month.
Today we catch up with Jane from Bicycle Blooms.
Tell us about your business.
Bicycle Blooms is an independent florist, based on Magdalen Road in East Oxford, creating bespoke seasonal bouquets for all occasions, as well as flowers for businesses, events, weddings and funerals.
Tell us a bit about yourself, your role and what you enjoy most about your job.
After a great career in scientific publishing I decided that commuting to London had got too much, so after much soul searching about what to do next, I retrained and now run my own flower shop, Bicycle Blooms. As an independent florist, the shop reflects my style. I do all the buying and selection and like to offer unusual varieties of much-loved favourites, reflecting the changing seasons. When people ask me ‘what is it you like the most about the shop?’, I think most assume I will reply, ‘the flowers’. Don’t get me wrong, I love the ingredients I get to work with, with their colours, texture and scent, but for me, it is also about the people I meet. I enjoy catching up with my regular customers and feeling part of the local community, as well as the brides and grooms we have the opportunity to meet and get to know when they ask us to be part of their special day.
Describe the gifts you will be selling at the Independent Oxford Christmas Market.
Christmas wreaths, posies and bouquets, along with seasonal bulb planters, a selection of plants and potted succulents. The latter are in our new metallic cement pots, from our recent collaboration with Florence & Moose a local designer. We will also be taking orders for wreaths and Christmas bouquets for delivery or collection from the shop in the run up to Christmas.
What’s your favourite product in your range this season?
Being partial to a bit of gold and copper, at the moment it is our concrete succulent planters – great little stocking fillers – as well as our Christmas succulent wreath.
Lastly, what are your favourite indies in Oxford?
Hard one, as I am spoilt for choice where I live and work! For my caffeine and pastry fix it is Silvie and The Missing Bean Roastery – we often stock up in the shop on busy days from these guys. For food on my doorstep, it is The Rusty Bike for their burgers, and The Chester Arms for their steak platters, and for a pick me up, or ‘me time’, it is Zaneta at her salon Zaneta Lichnova on Cowley Road, and I use Ermana’s ‘revive face oil’, courtesy of my sister who recommended it!