Two young entrepreneurs are planting roots in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood with their new flower and rental shop, Floral Room. 26-year-old Zoriana Potopnyk moved to northeast Ohio 5 years ago.
“I dreamed about my own flower shop in Ukraine, but my family moved to the United States,” she said. “I tried to do something here, but it was so hard.” They moved to Parma, where she met 24-year-old Zoriana Chepil.
“It’s a pretty big Ukrainian community here, so it wasn’t hard to find each other,” said Chepil. Potopnyk began pursuing her passion as a florist. She asked for help from Chepil.
“I saw she is very talented, and I told her about my dream, and we started working out of my garage,” said Potopnyk. For the last few years, the two have worked together, growing their floral business from the ground up.
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