Florist bids farewell to city store
WITH a heavy heart, the owners of popular Hobart florist Botanical are this week set to close the doors of the business’s much-loved central city store.
Growth of the business and difficulty in finding trained staff has resulted in Kate Sice and partner Andrew Low deciding to consolidate operations to Botanical’s West Hobart location.
The smaller store at 139 Macquarie St — measuring just 3m x 9m — was where it all started for Ms Sice.
“It’s a beautiful little store and it’s changed my life,’’ she said. “We hold that shop very close to our heart.”
The mother-of-two said she put all her energies into starting the business, opening in 2014.
“I opened that as a single mum, with two kids; sold my house, opened it, and it just took off, and it took off very quickly,’’ she said.
“Everybody loved it, and it had such a good vibe about it, but we couldn’t actually sustain the enormity of our business from that small space.”
So, in October last year, Botanical opened its West Hobart store. It is now home to a large working studio and the business’s gift store.
Ms Sice said she was sad to see the closure of the Macquarie St store, but was optimistic about the future of the business: “One door closes and another one opens.”
Ms Sice said a shortage of trained florists also had made recruitment difficult.