Penny Stapleton, owner of Daisy Patch Flowers, 1131 Macon Road, Perry; 478-987-2872
How long have you been in business?: “I’ve been in the floral industry for 43 years. I grew up in a nursery and a flower shop. I moved to Georgia in ‘99 and to Perry in 2005 and became employed at the Daisy Patch. At the end of 2013, (the owner) decided to retire, at which point I stepped into the owner role here.
“I’ve worked all across the country doing floral-designed special events. I’ve done a Miss America pageant. ... I worked for the second-largest chain of flower shops in California, where they would sell my services to new franchise owners ... to teach them how to do everything, from design to route deliveries.
“A lot of people think you can buy a flower shop ... and they think it’s something easy, and it’s not.”
What do you like best about your job?: “When people call up and ... say, ‘Do what you do, and this is how much I want to spend.’”
Her personal favorite flower is an oncidium orchid.
What is your specialty?: “I like the ability to custom design things for people. ... A lot of people go online and pick pictures (of arrangements), which doesn’t allow me or them to experience the creative art. ... What I’m best at doing is wedding work and special events.”
What are your future plans?: “The only thing I would like to expand is special events.”
-- Linda S. Morris