Home to 1920s-style cottages and bungalow houses, with streets lined with greenery, fruit trees and many an olive branch – the quaint neighborhood of Mile End definitely doesn’t lack character. It’s only fitting that a delightful new florist, Flowers By Lottie has opened its doors along Henley Beach Road, nestled within one of the strip’s historic buildings.
Upon entering the sunlit store, you’ll find fresh flower bouquets beaming with vibrancy, preserved flower arrangements that will have you feeling some kind of nostalgic way, and potted plants that give you the side-eye in a bid to be adopted – you know the look.
Flowers By Lottie owners, Charlotte Konieczny her partner Morgan started trading in late May of 2022, and after much debate over the 18 months prior (thanks Covid), their florist came to fruition. “With lockdowns and such, we were a bit nervous about opening a retail outlet. Once the world started to get closer to normal we started looking again, and we found the perfect spot,” Charlotte shares.
“I’m originally from the UK where I did three years of intensive floristry training; I’ve worked in the industry for more than 20 years and I thought it’s time that I be my own boss. It gives me the freedom to use my creative side and put my own stamp on things.
“In the UK I won a silver medal at the Chelsea Flower Show, and back in Adelaide I took home the SA Florist of the Year award in 2010. But I guess now the ultimate highlight is having my own florist,” Charlotte proclaims.
“I like to be different with my designs and now I’m free to explore my creative side to my hearts content! I still make traditional fresh flower bouquets and arrangements, as that’s what some people like and want; however, if someone wants something a little bit different and dare I say, out there, then I’m your florist.
“We also stock the most beautiful natives locally from McLaren Vale – I find them so arty and structural in there design,” Charlotte continues.
As well as the inspiring flower selection illuminating the room, you can find a number of other products including pots, candles and cards. “Our Primrose Hill Set candles literally come from just around the corner, and our cards from down the street! Where we can, we love to support local businesses,” Charlotte shares.
Flowers By Lottie is doing God’s work for the neighbourhood of Mile End and beyond, bringing even more life to the suburb with her photosynthesising store.
“Flowers are like a paint palette; all painters are working with the same paint, it’s how you use them that makes all the difference,” Charlotte finishes.