FLORIST Andrea Wrigley is hoping her new business in Stalybridge will be a blooming success.
It was the fulfilment of a dream when Andrea’s Flowers recently opened on Trinity Street.
For Andrea, who has lived in Stalybridge all her life, it has also been a marked change in career after working for 20 years in childcare at Kids Planet in Dukinfield.
Andrea, who is a mother and grandmother, explained: “It is something I have always wanted to do from being a little girl when I was creative and dried flowers at home and entered rosebud competitions.
“I still love the smell of roses that takes me back to being younger.”
And of her switch of career, Andrea admitted it is “scary” to give up a secure job to set up her own business.
She said: “My partner Andrew remarked I wasn’t happy and I told him I had always wanted to be a florist.
“He said you only live once and to give it a go as it is better to regret something you have tried than not at all.
“And when Andrew lost his mother it was the wake-up call to give it a go.
“I had savings for a rainy day and used them to set up the business.”
Andrea, who buys her flowers from a wholesaler in Manchester, added she can provide arrangements for any occasions including weddings, funerals, family occasions and birthdays.
And of unusual flowers, she selected the multi-coloured rainbow rose as one to catch the eye.
Andrea is studying for a diploma in floristry and says her wholesaler has also been helpful providing advice and an insight into her work.