Biz Q&A: Petal & Bean |

Biz Q&A: Petal & Bean

Summit Daily/Reid Williams The smiling team at Petal and Bean: from left, Dina Graham, Lisa Hoffman, Brooke Erickson and Sabrina Humphries.

Q. What type of business do you operate – what do you sell, or what service do you provide? A. We’ve recently added a full-service coffee bar to our existing flower shop. With the new addition, we decided to rename the store to Petal and Bean. We now carry Conscious Coffees from Breckenridge Coffee Roasters, which is all organic and fair-trade. We also carry quality teas and fresh baked goods from the Butterhorn Bakery, Loves Baglels, Soulfood Burritos and Wally’s Biscotti. We still do fresh flowers and delivery is available six days a week. Coffee shop opens at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. Q. Where are you from, and why did you decide to open your business in Summit COunty? A. Born and raised in Bayville, N.Y. I relocated to Colorado 13 years ago after visiting for a ski vacation, and opened Creative Flowers 10 years ago.

Q. What experience do you have in this field? A. Dlna Graham the owner, has been arranging flowers for 25 years. Brooke Erickson manager of the coffee bar, comes to us with years of experience. She managed a busy coffee shop in Lodo in Denver. Lisa Hoffman Is managing the flowers of the store. She has lots of experience with a focus on wedding design, custom silk and dried arrangements. Q. What sets your business apart from other similar businesses?

A. We sell products that create an experience. Our Gourmet Gift Baskets are a favorite item among locals and visitors. They love the fresh flowers, coffee and all the other good stuff. We have a great friendly atmosphere. Treat your senses and your soul Is our motto! Q. What types of customers do you hope to reach in Summit County? A. Anyone who eqjoys giving or receiving flowers, a great cup of coffee, tea and tasty snacks.

Q. Why did you choose to open where you did?A. Very convenient location. Tons of parking. Q. What are your plans for your company’s future? A. We have just added hi-speed Internet access with a DSL hook up. That way people can come in and have a beverage, surf the Web, and order flowers. Also, we would like to expand our hours, especially to include Sundays. We have plans of getting into tea blending and expanding our gourmet gift basket selection to include meats, cheeses and a variety of other products that complement what we already have. Right now, we are in the process of getting a Web site up and running that will allow locals and visitors to order gourmet gift baskets, bulk coffee and flowers online.

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