Walker’s Footwear and Apparel isn’t just selling clothes anymore. The Uptown store now sells everything from plants and ceramics to shoes, of course.
Owner Amy Longcamp has tried to expand the inventory to accommodate all types of buyers.
Longcamp, along with her friend Jennifer Domenico, opened a flower stand inside the store last spring.
“I just know Jen and what she creates and how beautiful the things she makes are, I thought it would be a good match. [for the store]”said Longcamp.
Domenico grew flowers on his farm, Cedar Hill, since 2017. She began to learn about the regrowth of local flower industries after seeing all the locally grown flowers at farmers’ markets.
Domenico’s “Bloom Bar” offers seasonal flowers that customers can purchase by stalk.
“A lot of people think you have to be able to put together a big bouquet, and that’s a bit overwhelming for most people,” said Domenico. “People should be aware that you can just catch a flower or two. “
The Bloom Bar inside the Walker’s also offers pre-arranged bouquets and “eternal” bouquets, which are dried green vegetables that can be kept much longer than regular flowers.
In season, stems sell for between $ 1 and $ 5, and larger mixed bouquets range from $ 15 to $ 35 depending on size.
The Small Jar, a small, ready-made arrangement of flowers and greenery in a mason jar, allows customers to get the in-between of a large bouquet and a few loose stems.
Faye Sawtelle, a sophomore student at the University of Miami who works at Walker’s, said she hopes the Bloom Bar will attract new customers to the store.
“We have a lot of inventory that students would love when it comes to clothing and room decor,” Sawtelle said. “I really like some of the new Patagonia flower pots and jackets we recently purchased.”
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The Bloom Bar is only part of the Walker’s expansion. Longcamp hopes to add more plants and household items, as well as other brands.
“I’m glad Jen brings as much as she wants,” said Longcamp. “We now have pots and a few plants, but I would like to have more plants so that you have a variety to choose from. ”
Longcamp said Walker’s will continue to wear brands such as Patagonia and Cotopaxi, but will now have more accessories and clothing from small brands to go with them.
“Most of the brands we offer have a return strategy,” Longcamp said. “We have a lot of women-owned businesses that we’ve started.”
The new brands and accessories, as well as the Bloom Bar, also won over Walker’s customers.
“Once people find out we have a flower bar, they often stop for bouquets,” Sawtelle said.
The Bloom Bar is restocked once or twice a week, giving customers the option to choose from fresh flowers.
Cedar Hill of Domenico has also hosted events in Miami and bouquet orders in the past and hopes to continue working with flowers outside of Bloom Bar. Walker’s also hopes to host events in the future where groups can create their own bouquets of flowers or wreaths, depending on the season.
Domenico said she hoped the Bloom Bar would attract more people to Walker’s and keep the local flower activity going.
“People should know that you can just take a few flowers,” Domenico said. “If you just want to grab a flower or two from your nightstand, this is an easy, inexpensive way to have flowers all the time.”