Help The Enchanted Florist Bloom!

$3,455 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 41 months
Louis Bower-Bannister   ALBANY, NY
Anyone who knows me knows that my love and knowledge of flowers has been a lifelong part of who I am. Add to that my creative nature and my fearless nature when it comes to an adventure.

I have been arranging flowers for church, weddings and funerals as a hobby for over half my life. It has been more than my hobby, it has been my passion. In 2012 I began making a serious effort to focus on making this passion my work, sharing my creativity and love of flowers with an even larger audience. Filing necessary paperwork to register myself as a business The Enchanted Florist became a reality.

In such a short time I have done very well in business and have outgrown the use of the storage spaces, dining room and kitchen at home. Just as I was wondering what to do I was told of a retail space in Albany's wonderful downtown. As the space becomes a reality and the door of retail business opens to me I find myself at an exciting (and terrifying) time. The opportunity is too great to pass up!

My business model is unconventional and my needs are too small for financing from a bank. My initial start-up needs, however, exceed my own capital, thus bringing me to the wonderful world of gofundme.

If you've ever enjoyed any of my floral arrangements or have witnessed the joy and passion that flowers bring to my life, of if you simply just love me, it is my hope that you will find a way to help The Enchanted Florist Bloom!

The capital raised through this page will help to establish the retail presence: Permits, Signage, Shelving and Refrigeration, Miscellaneous Supplies, etc.

I would love to talk about this project and my vision! For those of you who know me, call me and ask me about it! I am also always available through email. EnchantedAlbany@gmail.com.

(*All gifts, named and anonymous, will have my unending gratitude. Anonymous gifts will be treated as gifts. Named gifts will be treated as good faith loans.)




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Update 29
37 months ago
The new business cards have arrived! The lettering will be installed on the windows today! The paint and primer is being skillfully applied! The new home of the Enchanted Florist is being TRANSFORMED!

Please consider making a loan or a gift to the remainder of the start-up capital campaign. The gap is narrowing, and it is thanks to all of you.
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Update 28
37 months ago
The new home of the Enchanted Florist is abuzz with work being done! The third bay of the space has been closed off and the painting is about to begin!
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Update 27
38 months ago
Rumor has it that The Enchanted Florist will be open on 1 July at 54 Columbia Street in historic Downtown Albany!
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Update 26
38 months ago
The colors for the walls of the new retail space have been chosen. Exciting!
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$3,455 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 41 months
Created February 11, 2013
Louis Bower-Bannister  
  Business   ALBANY, NY
$25
Kathy Meninger
37 months ago

With my love to you in your wonderful endeavor of bringing joy and beauty to people!!

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$25
Anonymous
37 months ago
DT
$50
Dawn Tonneau
37 months ago

Best of luck to the most talented florist I know!

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WM
$50
Wendy & Tom Madelone
37 months ago

Louis, Wishing you all the best in your new business venture...Your amazing talent will guarantee your success!!!

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MC
$25
Melissa Cline
37 months ago

Best of luck, Louis!

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LC
$25
Lynne Clausen
38 months ago

Good luck Louis and Iris on this wonderful dream come true.

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JV
$5
Jennifer Villalobos
40 months ago
KT
$10
Kelcie Timlin
40 months ago
TL
$5
Taryn LaColla
40 months ago
AP
$100
Alice Palumbo
40 months ago (Offline Donation)
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