We had the good fortune of connecting with Yoni Levenbach and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Yoni, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I was working for a wholesale floral shipping company and I noticed a pattern. All relationships with florists who had a particular airline serving their cities were flourishing and growing in leaps and bounds when compared to florist in cities serviced by other freight carriers. In 2006 when I opened my business the napkin a from said airline had a map of all the cities they flew to, so I based my business off that napkin and only called upon florist that operated in those cities.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I do believe that if I treat floral artists with love and trust I will bring expose myself to their humanity. I do not subscribe to the notion that I can protect myself against those that put food on my table, so I don’t run credit checks on new customers instead they build credit with my company over time and event companies pay me once I deliver and only if they are satisfied with our flowers and service. I sell flowers after all and I desire very much to operate in an idealistic world and so far this philosophy has served well. I Started my Flowers without Borders after failing dismally to raise even one dollar in capital. This meant I had to make an initial sale, collect see a small profit and slowly build my business literally from the ground. The absence of investment capital was a true blessing in disguise, it facilitated my hunger to hustle and hit the ground running rapidly and it also robbed me of the resources to make mistakes related to infrastructure and setup. My mentor explained to me over dinner a month before I launched ” You have the three things you need to make it, a roof over your head, a cell phone and your experience in the industry ”

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.
So one of the best raw anything I have tasted comes from a truck I stumbled into called The shrimp and Taco spot. The shrimp aguachili tostada is straight up world class. The dear owners are originally from Culiacan which is renown for it’s top shelf mariscos and knowing what to do to them. They park on 400 block of Atlantic blvd and sometimes at the Old stump Brewery.

There is a decadent yet healthy powdered, shaved iced milk from the gods in korea town that I dream of often. It is a special place called Sul and Beans serving Bingsoo Injeolmi which is a delicate shaved ice ( milk ) decorated with toasted, dried, powdered beans and mini mochis, almonds and candied juju dates topped off with a side of condensed milk.

Both of these dishes will make you cry smiling and don’t worry because your endorphin and dopamine levels will reset with time.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Firstly my moms face was on my original business card as a reminder to myself to conduct myself in a manner that she would be proud of. Growing up surrounded by her trust, unconditional love and her faith in family and indeed strangers too, was a gift to me.

Secondly I was inspired at a lecture given by the organization Doctors Without Borders to support the work of like minded organizations through the philanthropic wing of my business.

Website: flowerswithoutborders.com

Instagram: flowerswithoutborders

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