What began as a childhood dream grew into a local success story for two Lakeway sisters in their 20s.

Lemon Leaf Florist is a flower retailer owned by Sydney Grgurich and Elise Fletcher that sells custom-made bouquets and floral arrangements for weddings and other special events.

The backstory

After graduating from college in 2016, Grgurich began making bouquets out of her apartment and dropping them off to local businesses to spread the word of her design services.

"My whole mentality starting out was like, 'I'm going to say yes and figure it out later.' And then once I had a lot of successful experiences, I continued to grow my confidence," Grgurich said.

In 2018, Grgurich formed enough connections in the community to open her store on Lohman's Crossing Road, and Fletcher, her younger sister, joined soon after.

The impact

At the shop, casual customers can stop by to grab premade arrangements out of coolers, while clients can hand-select materials for their arrangements.

Between weddings, funerals, birthdays, corporate parties and more, the pair said they design for over 60 events each year.

They also partner with local country clubs, churches and organizations, such as the Austin Women's Club.

"Nothing is too big or too small for us to take on. If I think that I can really nail down somebody's vision, then I will work with them," said Grgurich, who has helped create extravagant designs, including a $1,000 Valentine's Day bouquet.

Fletcher said they also continue to give back to the community on a regular basis, donating leftover flowers from events to the Brookdale Lakeway Assisted Living facility nearby.

Another detail

The store recently began offering a Flower of the Month Club subscription starting at $150, in which residents can receive two unique bouquets at their doorstep monthly.

Quote of note

"I think sometimes people are expecting business owners to be older, and there's some questioning, but overall, the forward-facing feminine energy is really something to be proud of. ... I just want to continue to empower more young girls to be creative and challenge themselves," Grgurich said.