Sophia’s Crowns Flower Shop acquires land for flower production and a community vegetable garden | Business & Innovation

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Something beautiful is blooming in the Bevo Mill neighborhood of St. Louis — and it’s delightfully dubbed Sophia’s Crowns Flower Shop.

“The Crowns Flower Shop at Sophia was inspired by my 3-year-old daughter, Sophia,” says Trish Boyle, CEO and Senior Florist at Crowns Flower Shop at Sophia. “I had taken Sophia to Tower Grove Park, and at the time Sophia had a lot of severe eczema, psoriasis, and so her skin was very inflamed because of her condition. When I saw her interacting with the flowers in Tower Grove Park, I thought it might be nice to give her a bouquet.

But when Boyle called a local florist, she was devastated by the charges.

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Photo of Trish Boyle with her daughter, Sophia, hence the name of Boyle’s florist; image courtesy of Sophia’s Crowns Flower Shop

“At the time, I was a single mother working on my master’s degree,” Boyle adds. “I was like, ‘It’s just not in the budget for me.’ Sophia witnessed this happening and she suggested that we open our own flower shop so that people don’t have to pay so much but still be happy.

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What started in Boyle’s two-bedroom apartment in 2018 has since grown into a storefront located at 4500 S. Kingshighway in Unit 20. And this spring, Boyle acquired approximately 3,000 square feet of land for grow flowers for Sophia’s Crowns just down the street from the storefront, as well as access to fresh food.

“The land is big enough that we can have a solid production side for the flower shop, the middle space will be for a greenhouse, and then another side will be for fresh fruits and vegetables,” Boyle explains. “We are in the weeding process, which is very tedious, but we are in the process. We will allow these fresh fruits and vegetables to be free for residents of the city. It’s about accessibility and being able to teach people the power of growing their own food. There’s definitely a need in the communities for people to have access to fresh food, so we’re really excited to fill the void for that need.

Photo by Danielle Murphy, courtesy of Sophia's Crowns Flower Shop.jpg

Photo by Danielle Murphy, courtesy of Sophia’s Crowns Flower Shop

The boutique offers make-your-own bouquets on Wednesdays and individual floral design advice, among other floral products and services. Event offerings include the monthly Flower Crown + Sip class — “where adults can enjoy free wine while learning how to make their own flower crown,” Boyle says — and the Grow & Learn class for kids ages 3 to 12. .

“Everyday options at Crowns Flower Shop in Sophia include flower crowns, bouquets and vase arrangements,” Boyle details. “We do not cut our flower stems until you order to ensure longer shelf life and freshness of our flowers.”

Sophia Crowns Florist, 4500 S. Kingshighway, Unit 20, St. Louis, 314-717-0797,

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