DAVID UNWIN / Tips
The owner of the thicket, Sarah Romanos, leaves “drops of kindness” of flowers around Pahīatua to spread joy and thanks.
A florist who left the Wellington company to open a studio in Pahīatua is spreading buds of kindness throughout the city.
Sarah Romanos started her florist business Thicket in October, but opened her shop and studio on Main Street for a week.
The company has already made a name for itself in the town of Tararua for Romanos’ mission to spread the buds of kindness.
She left bouquets of flowers in various places, with people invited to enjoy the flowers before passing them on to others.
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Romanos said it was about spreading joy during a time dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as a way to feel good about spreading Thicket.
“After the year we’ve all had, a little bit of kindness doesn’t go astray.
“It’s one way I’ve thought of to spread some cheer this time of year.”
Pahīatua town center was recently renovated, so there were lots of cool places to drop bunches of cuteness, she said.
People were messaging and posting on social media after finding flowers, with many claiming it made their day.
A local funeral director found a drop and paid for it by passing it on to someone else, she said.
“It stimulates an attitude of generosity. “
The business was entering a busy time, with preparations for Christmas, wedding season and Valentine’s Day on the horizon, but Romanos planned to continue making cuteness drops.
Pahīatua was on the road between Wellington and Hawke’s Bay, so people passing through may be able to find a bunch to share, she said.
She previously worked in the public sector in Wellington, but she and her family moved to Pahīatua three months ago for a lifestyle change.
“Life here is relaxing. It’s calm and easy here.
She had always loved to dress flowers and had weddings for her family and friends, including her own wedding, so she decided to start Thicket.
The store and studio previously housed florists, but it took them 30 days of hard work to upgrade, she said.
Her husband could work on his law firm in the back office while the slanted window in the front was perfect for displaying flowers, she said.
The vision was to make Thicket a sustainable business, working with local producers and seasonal produce to serve the people of the lower North Island.
Tararua and the surrounding areas had many brilliant flower growers, while working in an industry mostly run by women was exciting, she said.