We had the good fortune of connecting with Grella Ardine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Grella, what do you attribute your success to?
I think there are multiple factors contributing to the success of The Tiny Bloom. We have creativity, ingenuity, a hard work ethic, and stellar customer service. But above all, the thing I am the most proud of and what I believe has contributed to our success thus far, is our authenticity. We’re very community oriented and show our heart to this community more often than not and I think it’s a breath of fresh air for a lot of our customers. We make our intentions clear and are mindful of our community. Whether it’s hopping on Instagram and recording a message for the day or choosing an organization to partner with to help give back to the community, we do our best to show our hearts. Our customers know us, they know our names, they know who they’re supporting and make an intentional choice to do so. This leaves us humbled and inspired to do more, to show more of what makes our business and our team so great. It creates this beautiful support cirlcle that just keeps going and going.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Floral design found its way into my life almost 10 years ago now. Before then I worked in a wide array of professions searching for the one that fed my soul. Since taking up floral design, I’ve never looked back and could never see myself ever doing anything else. I really feel like it’s what I was meant to do and that it was my calling all along. I studied design and took formal classes to learn my fundamentals then interned with an event designer before working in a brick and mortar flower shop for a few years. As grateful as I was for the shop experience, it made me realize that I ultimately wanted to be my own boss.
The Tiny Bloom started in 2015 doing pop-ups at craft and farmer’s markets then eventually becoming a stationary flower cart on a busy street in downtown Portland. Life circumstances uprooted us to Las Vegas where I continued popping up with my flower cart until that little cart eventually turned into our first brick and mortar in 2019. We now run a boutique flower shop in downtown Las Vegas with a small team and continue to grow every month.
What sets us apart isn’t only our design style but also our concept as a whole. We like to say we’re more than just a flower shop, we’re a floral lifestyle store. From the floral to the retail we bring in, we help tell a story to our customers. We want to provide the elements so they in turn create the narrative. That’s why everything we bring in is specially curated to our brand standards the three F’s: Fun, Funky, and Feminine.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My advice for a friend coming to Las Vegas would be stay away from the strip! There is so much to explore and so much to see in Downtown Las Vegas instead and so many more small businesses to support! Here’s how I would recommend starting their day:
Grab some brunch at PublicUs. Not only do they have killer coffee but their kitchen is constantly turning out some amazing eats.
Visit Fergusons Downtown & The Gatherhouse to shop with me and all our neighbors! Fergusons Downtown is a motel turned city block that houses 13 different storefronts. There’s something for everyone from the weekly craft markets to live music and ticketed events, it’s always a fun time around our block.
Before leaving the Fremont area I would grab a bite at Vegas Test Kitchen where a group of celebrated chefs try out new concepts and menus weekly.
Next I’d head to the Arts District for some more shopping and finish the night on Brewery Row, also in the Arts District.
Bonus? Everything’s within only a few miles from each other!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The Tiny Bloom would not be where it is today without the support of my husband and co-owner of the business, Jared Ardine. He’s always been my biggest cheerleader and so much of what makes the shop great is because of him. From his commitment to excellent customer service to literally hand making all of the fixtures in our store to house the beautiful flowers and retail, he’s put his whole heart into our business.
Tia Sifford, Myron Hensel, Kodi Rene, Ivette West