POULSBO — Bonnie’s Flower Market is surrounded by walls of a beige color. Its floors are made of clean, simple cement.
But bursting from every inch of its space are tiny, colorful fireworks of flora, bringing the shop alive and perfuming its air with sweetness.
Bonnie’s Flower Market is a true European-style exchange, brimming with buckets of flowers of all kinds: simple bouquets, house plants, outdoor plants and a wildly beautiful section of tropicals, filled with exotically vibrant calla lillies, birds of paradise, protea, orchids and bonsai trees — a favorite for many area designers.
And all are found at market prices.
Now, owner Bonnie Bryant-Headman brings in most of her flowers from California, as well as Canada, Ecuador and Colombia, but once seasonal, she plans to shop for her plants locally.
Before opening Bonnie’s, she was a local grower herself, with a professional garden she planted with her mother blossoming in Eglon.
Bryant-Headman may also be recognized from her time spent creating bouquets at Poulsbo’s Central Market and Town & Country on Bainbridge Island.
But it was the realization that the town of Poulsbo was in need of a bona fide flower market that spurred her to open her shop next to the Northwest Design Center in January.
She said she wants to allow the store to grow naturally, keeping its simple, personable flavor and letting the flowers speak for themselves.
Though she does basic bridal bouquets and some table arrangements, she isn’t a traditional florist.
“It just took off and grew,” Bryant-Headman said, adding the shop continues to evolve to be just what shoppers are looking for.
“It’s becoming what the town needs,” she said.
And that seems to be just what is happening.
Bonnie’s was extra full last week, stuffed with colorful flower decor ready to adorn the Miss Poulsbo/Miss Kitsap scholarship pageant.
Still, in the center of the hubbub, Bryant-Headman took the time to help affix ribbons to a pair of long-stemmed roses a young girl planned to take on her visit to a cemetery.
It was clear the attention was much-appreciated, as the girl looked on while Bryant-Headman explained about cutting the stem of a flower, to give “it a nice, fresh wound so it sucks the water.”
There’s one business basic Bonnie’s has down to a sweetly put T: no order is too small.
But for Bryant-Headman, it’s not as much about the building blocks of business as it is about her love of flowers — something she herself termed an “obsession.”
“Sometimes you are just born with certain things you love,” she said. “Even as a child I loved to study them.”
And now, as someone who knows the process from tilling the soil to tying that final bow, she offers them daily in a shop as bright and friendly as the service found in it. “We’re trying to make it a fun environment,” she said.
And, as one young girl could attest, it’s a mission accomplished.