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Around Broadneck: New business has fresh take on flowers

Around Broadneck: New business has fresh take on flowers

Christine and Joey Guenther with daughter Caya, inside Wildflower Stem and Sundry. (Christine Guenther) It is a full-service florist and gift shop with some unique features. In addition to flowers, wedding services, and gift baskets, the shop features locally sourced gifts, and unique amenities such as a “stem bar,” where customers can design their own bouquets; as well as a drive-thru window for those on the go. Owners Christine and Joey Guenther, parents of a toddler, with another baby on the way, designed this store with the community in mind. “The drive-thru was a huge reason we chose this space,” Christine Guenther said. “As a new mom with a young child, you will do anything to not have to get the toddler out of the car. Now you can do your flower/card/ balloon/birthday gift shopping from the warmth of your car and under our covered drive-thru. I am really thinking it will be a hit on Valentine’s day when people are headed home from work.” The first drive-thru customer was a “happy accident.” A customer who was used to parking under the covering of the old Essex Bank, where the store is now located, was eating his lunch, unaware that the store had opened for business. “I opened the window and struck up a conversation, and we set him up with a $15 market bouquet for his girlfriend,” Guenther said. In addition, the business has a strong online presence, including Facebook and a website with a blog, a “petal points” program, and a chance for customers to win a free bouquet. Christine is from Burtonsville while Joey is from Michigan. They met working together in a restaurant in Newport Beach, Cali. in 2008. They have been (mostly) back in Maryland since 2010 and moved to Cape St. Claire in […]

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