Introduce yourself and your store.
Hiya, I’m Claire and I have a small but beautiful florist in Lewes, East Sussex selling unusual blooms and a selection of curated gifts.
Is there a story behind the name?
A story behind Bulb...mmmmm not really, I came up with it then, of course, many folk had an opinion or suggestion and I just remember talking to a random stranger and agreeing I should go with my gut. Now it’s marvellous when people say “Oh you're Bulb” haha
How long have you been doing this?
I’ve been a florist for about 15 years, then started Bulb 5 years ago.
Best moment of store life so far?
Best moments seem to happen all the time mostly when folk say they love my flowers, cheesy but true! Oh and when I did a wedding for The XX and I had no idea who they were, but they were super nice.
How did you come across Text From A Friend?
I love a florist in London called Urban Flower Company and saw they stocked these cards, so as soon as I moved premises I had to have them.
What's your favourite Text From A Friend product?
Favourite product are the cards. Sharon is an absolute genius and they are completely a bit of me.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Wow, you know what I have no idea… that’s a bit sad isn’t it? I lived in the middle of nowhere so I was making up stuff as I went along.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Note to my younger self…a regular wage is a great thing, and say ‘YES’ to everything and have a ton of fun as you can dine out on it forever.
When you get time off, what do you do?
Have a drink and a laugh, sniff the air and find some real time for myself…
Favourite city/destination to visit?
I love going home to the North Yorkshire Moors.
What inspires you to buy a maker's product?
Firstly how it will sit with the flowers. With Bulb, some would say I tend to do things instinctively…. I would say on the hoof and I’ve always just liked what I like. So I think this shows with the local and far away makers I have in store.
What do you love most about having the store?
Seeing people really loving what I do and luckily I’m in a super part of town so we have a right laugh.
Hmmm bit early to say as I’m only 6 months at the new spot, so right now I just want it to be a huge success.
Dream product to have in store?
Murano glass vases made especially for me, full to the brim with one type of flower.
Top tips for visitors to your city?
Ooohhh there's tons to do. It’s a town of independent shops so make sure you stroll around and peek in a few. There’s the castle…and Lewes is known for its world famous and bonkers Bonfire night so if you have never been, you should, it's amazing, huge amount of history and madness. And don’t leave without having a pint of Harvery’s ale! Oh and come and say hi, I’ll get you a pint!