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Greece: Athens florist talks business operations among pandemic and flower shortage

Flowers are a beautiful yet simple way to give loved ones a token of appreciation. As gifts, flowers can be bought from grocery stores, online shops and local vendors like The Petal Exchange, an Athens-based flower and plant boutique that opened last year.

The Red & Black spoke with Maggie Haden, owner and head designer at The Petal Exchange, about the experience of opening a business in a pandemic, operating during a flower shortage and the value of flowers as gifts.

The Red & Black: How was that experience being a new business owner during the pandemic and what challenges did you face in operating the business?

Haden: It wasn’t as bad as you might think because people still want to send flowers — in fact, maybe even more so, because they can’t be near their loved ones or they couldn’t at the time. So, we still had some deliveries, but walk-in was slow. Now, that things are getting closer [to] normal and people are vaccinated or getting there, we’re seeing a little bit more of a pickup with people walking in too.

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