Atascocita Lake Houston Florist has evolved in the past three decades, but the shop’s owners said one thing has remained constant over that time: Flowers still bring a smile to anyone’s face.
“I remember this 80-year-old man who didn’t say anything once I handed him his flowers. He just had this really big smile on his face [as he]walked away from the door,” shop owner Cristina Swanson said. “That’s why we’re still here.”
Swanson’s late mother, Amparo Wong, founded the business in 1980 in Atascocita. The shop would later move to its present location in Humble.
Swanson said she initially learned about floral design at 18 under the direction of the late, world-renowned innovator and author M. “Buddy” Benz of Houston, the founder of the Benz School of Floral Design at Texas A&M University in College Station.
“We still use everything I learned in that class,” Swanson said. “But in life, we are always learning, so I am always looking for classes to improve my art design, work and techniques.”
Bouquets and arrangements are available for delivery for any occasion and flower preference. The flower shop also offers consultations for weddings, funerals, homecomings and proms.
“It’s very personalized, and no two [orders) look exactly alike,” Swanson said. “It’s enjoyable to see that young people are so excited about their prom, and they really go all out.”
The flower shop is expecting a busy prom and homecoming season, Swanson said.
“Last year we did Texas-shaped mums, and customers were looking for bling and anything that will add to the shine,” she said.
An array of plants, home decor, and baby and children items are also available, Swanson said.
“Just like people, no two flowers look alike,” she said. “Each has [its]own unique personality and beauty. That’s another reason I’m still here, to share that beauty.”