Meet the Maker is a new series of features highlighting some of the most amazing makers across the North Shore! We will be featuring a handful of new makers every Monday to hopefully help mitigate the added financial strain that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the creative community. Follow along on Instagram and Facebook as well!
Meet Alice’s Table – Magnolia Blooms!
Jeannine O’Neil of Alice’s Table – Magnolia Blooms hosts pop-up flower arranging events to teach others the art of floral-arranging. At these events, guests are guided through the floral arranging process, learning flower best care tips, and walking away with a beautiful floral arrangement they created themselves. Alice’s Table – Magnolia Blooms also teaches wreath-making and flower crown tutorials.
Jeannine has recently started to expand the business and offer a floral installation service for the event and retail industry. Whether it is a floral photo booth at a baby shower for guests to have fun and capture the moment, or a retail location looking to impress their customers with a fun experience at a grand opening or special customer event.
What inspired you to start this business?
I became involved with Alice’s Table because at one time I was just a guest looking for a fun night out with friends. We had so much fun we kept coming back for more. These workshops appealed to me because they allowed me to just hit pause on life, take a moment to create something beautiful and do something that I loved. I signed up to become a host so that I could provide that experience to others.
Through the experience of hosting I have come to realize there are many reasons people come “to the table” to create. However, the one common thing is they all walk away so impressed and happy with the piece they created on their own.
Has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your business?
About 80% of my business has been rescheduled for the next month. That being said my last project will most likely be impacted thus resulting in 100% loss for the next 30 if not 60 days.
What measures are you taking to reduce lost revenue?
I currently have savings that I can rely on to get through the next month or so. I plan to start looking into the resources provided. Since this is my secondary business I have my first business (marketing services) that I can fall back on as well.
Any advice on what could help in this troubling and challenging time?
For me, I am working on back end stuff I have wanted to get done. For most of us, our businesses are halted. We have both loss of money and lots of time. Let’s use the time to evaluate our business and pivot it and position it to be stronger in the future.
Also, reach out and support others, buy products, gift cards, or send some attention their way through the social media channels you have.
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