Smallknot Profiles: Spruce
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This week, we’re speaking to Gaige Clark, founder, owner, and creative director of Spruce, one of the most highly acclaimed flower boutiques in New York City. Spruce was founded in 1998 and is based on 8th Avenue in Chelsea, soon to expand to Los Angeles. Their storefront is one of the most high-tech, beautiful shops you’re likely to find anywhere — definitely worth a visit if you’ve never been!
We caught up with Gaige earlier this week and talked about her passion for flowers, her signature style, and what it’s like running her own business.
Why are you passionate about flowers?
I actually moved to the city to publish magazines; I didn’t plan to be a florist. The magazine I worked for was in the corporate event industry, and I was doing consulting on the side. I was doing consulting work for a floral designer and suggested that she purchase a flower shop. She didn’t want to, so I took the opportunity. I quit my job and purchased the shop, rebranded it, and turned over the existing clientele. I worked very hard to make it into what Spruce is today.