Meet the 6-year-old who opened a flower shop in Southhampton with her mother

Sophia Boyle has dreamed of opening a flower shop since the age of 3, and at the age of 6 she made that dream come true with the help of her mother, Trisha Boyle.

The pair celebrated with a grand grand opening of Sophia’s Crowns Flower Shop (4500 South Kingshighway) June 19, June 10.

As a child, Sophia was diagnosed with serious skin problems that made her look different from her peers. These, along with asthma and severe allergies, have made many daily activities difficult or inaccessible. Through all the diagnoses and doctor visits, “Flowers have been something that comforted her over the years and being connected to nature has certainly helped her feel more grounded. It helped her connect with the community, ”says Trisha.

Trisha operated Sophia’s Crowns as a side business, but decided it was time to open a physical store after laying the groundwork and researching local demand. Still, she was surprised when more than 45 people pre-registered for the inaugural event.

“And we actually sold flowers,” she says. “So being able to officially open this flower shop on June 19th with our ribbon cutting really reinforced the fact that there is a need for affordable flower arrangements, but also that the kids have a place where they can hang out. connect with nature. ”

The store’s offerings include flower arrangements, flowers for events, iconic Sophia flower crowns, and classes for adults and children, with Sophia helping out teaching children’s classes. When asked about her favorite part of helping run a business, Sophia says she enjoys choosing flowers, especially when they are in her favorite color, pink. She is also very serious in her teaching duties and in demonstrating the items in the Store’s Grow & Learn planting kits.

” Because it is my work, ”says Sophia, who added that seeing friends and tasting vegan cuisine from a local caterer were her favorite parts of the grand opening.

Prices for individual arrangements are at a maximum of $ 45 on the website, and hour-long classes for children are currently priced at $ 25 including supplies. Trisha says keeping things affordable and accessible is a big part of the store’s philosophy, especially when it comes to kids’ classes. It also offers lessons for children of all levels.

“It can be a safe space against bullying or things like that, where kids can really just come and connect with other kids in their community,” says Trisha, who worked for the Sierra Club before. become a full-time entrepreneur.

Southampton’s location is close to home, which Trisha really enjoys as a mother of three young children. And other traders in the building have already shown their support, as have the clergy and local elected officials.

“Being a first generation business owner, being able to be in this space as a woman of color and having the confidence of a community to provide really strong service has been a great learning experience,” says Trisha. “And I can’t wait to see how we will grow and develop over the years.”

This is why Trisha says that she will not receive a salary for the next three years and that she will return all the profits from the store to the company to pay for employee salaries, products, etc. Sophia’s goals are more short term. When asked what she was saving for, she replied, popular children’s toy, LOL Surprise Balls.

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