MEET THE CREW
WHETHER YOU’RE PREPARING FOR YOUR BIG DAY OR BECOMING A FIRST TIME PLANT PARENT - WE’RE HERE TO help MAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE MAGICAL.
Matthew Caleb is the owner and design leader for the company. Matthew has 12 years in the industry. He started running around green houses at a very young age helping where he could and playing around plants, this sparked a life long interest and rocketed him in a direction of design, beauty, and horticulture. At the age of 15 and a half he got a Job at Petitti’s Garden Center in Tallmadge, Ohio. He was hired as a seasonal help, but was quickly noted for an eye of design and plant knowledge by Mr. Angelo Petitti. Angelo then moved him to stores to work under the head designers for the company, Michael Shaffer and Karen Barrows. It was here where he really started to learn installation, design techniques, and of course customers service. From this point he began working with clients, learning how to make their dreams a reality while also learning the mechanics necessary to achieve those goals.
Matthew is Classicly trained but adds a flare of “dense wild garden” to his design. With this technique he is continually teaching his customers how to add elements from their own yard into arrangements. He hopes to have a few more store locations around the United States in years to come.
Alex has been in the floral industry for over a year now, his previous background in gymnastics and theater have given him an eye for detail and presentation. A former collegiate cheerleader, he has volunteered and helped plan many events and fundraisers, from The Football Hall Of Fame to Akron Children’s Toy Drive. Now, learning from Matthew himself and his fellow colleges, Alex has over 30 weddings and like events, 7 floral design classes and countless made-to-order pieces under his belt. Putting a smile on every guests face, he is sure to make your day blossom!
Ethan has been working in the event industry for over a decade. He has over 150 weddings of expense ranging from intimate gatherings to formal Military ceremonies. He also has years of experience in other event types including: baby showers, first communions, private anniversary dinners , lobster boils and girls night out for sororities. He has trained hundreds in the art of white gloved table side service and instructed over 6,000 in fine dinning etiquette. Ethan is now skilled in floral as well and loves helping our clients achieve the theme for any occasion!
Grant is our resident ceramicist as well as one of our floral designers. He has been working with clay for 12 years, studied Industrial Design, and has taught various ceramics classes including, wheel throwing and hand building. His work exemplifies a wide variety of techniques and often incorporates elements of his drawings and his fascination with naturally occurring patterns. Grant’s lack of formal floral training coupled with his background in 3D design produce a non traditional floral style that places greens and negative spaces on the same pedestal as flowers
Kelsey is the shop seamstress. She made our lovely aprons which we also sell in store! You can find many of her products displayed throughout the space, and they’re identifiable by her use of vibrant colors and prints. She is passionate about small businesses and loves helping to grow Akron’s art and small business scene. Her 5 years of experience with alterations also gives her a unique perspective on the needs for wedding florals. She has learned everything she knows about flowers here at the store and loves creating arrangements that are as unique and beautiful as our clients!