CLEVELAND – Two young entrepreneurs have planted roots in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood with their new flower shop and rental, The Flower Room.
Zuriana Potopnik, 26, moved to Northeast Ohio five years ago.
“I dreamed of having my own flower shop in Ukraine, but my family moved to the United States,” she said. I tried to do something here but it was very difficult.
They moved to Parma and he met 24-year-old Zoriana Chapil.
“It’s a very big Ukrainian community here, so it wasn’t hard to find each other,” Chapil said.
Potopnik began to pursue his passion as a florist. He asked Chapil for help.
“I saw that he was very talented and I told him about my dream and we started working in my garage,” Potopnik said.
Over the past few years, the two have worked together to grow their flower business from the ground up.
We sell it first to our family members and friends. Like I said, the Ukrainian community here is huge, so finding people who need flowers isn’t hard.
All the while, they shared their unique designs on Instagram. These two are known for their boxed sets with colorful arrangements with macaroni cookies inside. Potopnik said it’s more of a European take on the flowers that they’re excited to bring to Northeast Ohio.
“We build them like a brand,” he said.
Demand for their unique creations grew and the idea that they could open a shop of their own began to blossom.
“We started looking for a place where we could do what we dreamed about,” Chappell said.
That dream became a reality when they found a spot at 2138 W. 25th Ave. They opened The Flower Room in November.
“We’ve had a lot of business here before,” Chappell said. “We have many friends here.”
They said they are excited to bring their passion to the Cleveland public.
“We want to share our flowers with our community here so people know what we have inside of us,” she said. “Everybody loves flowers.”
The flower room is open 6 days a week. Click here for more information.
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