Kristin Peters, Sales & Marketing Coordinator, has been a huge part of our team from the beginning. She possess the same enthusiasm for our designs as she did 17 years ago! See pictures below – top was from 2000, bottom was from 2017.
Can you tell the 17 year difference? We can’t!
From her start in February of 2000 as a sales associate answering phone calls, to maintaining our website, to our very own “IT” go-to, to becoming the sales team manager.. Kristin has (almost) done it all.
Q: Have you always planned to work in the floral industry? What inspired you to apply for the position?
A: No! I had never thought this would be my career. I had always loved flowers but it never crossed my mind that they would become such a huge part of my life. I knew NOTHING coming into it, I had to start from scratch- learning all of the flower names. Now it’s second nature.
Q: What was the actual position you applied for? What do you do now?
A: I came across an ad in a newspaper. Yes, a newspaper “help wanted” ad for a sales associate. So, I started by answering phone calls at our original Stevenson location. Websites started to become more popular shortly after I started, so Eddie asked me if I would be interested in learning about it. I jumped at the opportunity and currently have designed our newest website almost single handedly.
Q: You’ve done so much at Flowers & Fancies since your start in 2000. What’s been your favorite part so far?
A: The diversity of the job and customer service. As I said, I started out taking phone calls (which I still do) but on any given day I could be delivering, making corsages, taking photos for the website, or even meeting and greeting with long time clients. Customer service is also a great part of my job – you never know if some one will want one single rose or a 300 rose arrangement!
Q: When you first started Flowers & Fancies was located in an old farm house in Stevenson. How was the move to the current Owings Mills warehouse? Which do you like better?
A: The move was VERY exciting, we had to get out customers to follow us and we got all new furniture! I now love the warehouse location and our customers do, too. There are some similarities to the farm house- like the front sales office set-up and it being housed with plants, but the Stevenson location cooler was not nearly as big as ours now.
Q: Have you ever wanted to transfer departments and try design or delivery for a change?
A: NO! I love it up here so much. I could never stop interacting with the customers. If I changed departments I wouldn’t be able to work so closely with Eddie or Mark… and that would just break my heart.