INTERN’S VIEW: ‘Floralaura’ is a sweet flower shop with a Tweety Bird!


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Story & Photos by Sterling Paris
Intern, Big Picture High School

Driving down Marine View Drive in Des Moines you can find a cute floral shop called Floralaura, run by Laura Straight, located right next to B & E Meats and across the street from Aunty Irene’s.

Laura decided to move locations, and changed the shop’s name back in 2010.

I can tell she takes great pride and joy in what she does, and her arrangements look so beautiful too! In both visits she had customers and I had to wait my turn. With a nice classy vintage touch, I really adore this place. With big vases and chandeliers, lace, an old typewriter and telephone and even a sweet little tweeting bird – and yes she’s real! It really pulls everything together. I like this shop because unlike other big brand flower companies, Laura goes out to the markets and personally picks out flowers that she likes and thinks will be great sellers and will also last the longest.

“My customers always call and tell me that their flowers last much longer than any others they have bought,” she told me.
“I could move other places but I really like Des Moines, it’s a really nice community,” she added.

The strange thing I find about it though is that she says only 20 percnt of her business comes from actual Des Moines residents. I find that a low number when she has been in business for about 10 years now. So if you have an event or occasion that’s coming up, you should check out Floralaura and also check out that cute tweety bird!

Until next time, thank you so much for reading!

22505 Marine View Dr. S.
Des Moines, WA 98198

Hours:

  • By chance or appointment, Sunday and Monday
  • 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday thru Friday
  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday

Phone: 206.824.9603

Email: [email protected]

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Intern’s View” is a special feature that spotlights the talents of Sterling Paris, our Big Picture High School Intern.


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