It’s every resident’s hope that when a new business takes root in Canyon Country it will blossom into a lush, lively establishment. That’s the case with a newcomer that’s changing the landscape of Sierra Highway with its visual appeal.
Vivian’s Flower Market attracts the attention of motorists with an overflow of greenery and fresh blooms, potted plants and a curbside flower cart in front.
“It’s a different concept than your normal flower shop,” said owner Vivian De Leon. “In most flower shops you have a florist who does 10-15 arrangements and puts them in refrigerators. We’ll have just two or three. When I get called by someone, I get their idea and get to know who they are and what kinds of flowers they like. We personalize their arrangement, even if it’s a bouquet.”
One of the artistic new business owner’s priorities is creating bouquets that serve the practical purpose of being vase-ready.
“I’ll ask what kind of vase you have at home. We make it so they can put it right in the vase,” De Leon said. “It’s more practical.”
A lot of their return clients have commented on how long the flowers from Vivian’s Flower Market last compared with other florists’ arrangements. “If they’re buying just a flower or an arrangement, I want to give great customer service to every customer,” she said.
The store is multi-faceted. She carries both silk flowers and fresh cut blooms, and there are party supplies, including plates, napkins and decorations. The front room is a gift shop with a baby shower vibe.
“We’d like to be able to be the one-stop shop for a baby shower, weddings, etc.,” she said.
There were reasons De Leon chose that specific space on Sierra Highway to open the store.
“It was due to the layout,” she said. “The gate caught my eye. And when we actually got to see it inside I could picture the way it would look.”
She plans to put a canopy outside where she will place fresh blooms, and she wants to plant flowering trees in front.
She chose Canyon Country because she already lived locally – near Sand Canyon and Sierra Highway, to be exact.
“I moved into Canyon Country about six years ago,” De Leon said. “I love it. Everything’s just very personalized, when it comes to your neighbors, and your businesses. It’s more home-like. The way the support is here in Canyon Country – and the SCV – is incredible. They treat you like family. I see it now with customers.”
Personal experiences, which included her own health and that of her mother’s, contributed to her decision to open her own business. Last year’s fire season played a part as well.
“The fires came close to our property,” she said. “We were evacuated within an hour from its starting point. It’s just one of those things – I felt like life is too short.”
De Leon’s mother, who she calls her moral support, has had an influence on her artistic side.
“My mother would decorate every corner of the house with silk flowers and I loved that and it grew to include real flowers,” she explained. “From a young age I’ve done my mom’s arrangements and events for friends. Over the years people said, ‘You should do this for a living.’ Eventually you just want to do your calling, your passion.”
Vivian’s Flower Market has both silk and fresh flowers for sale and for rent. They also carry pillars, blooming trees with twinkle lights, crates and barrels are available too..
“They don’t necessarily have to buy arrangements to incorporate them in their event,” she said. “As we grow we’d like to be in touch with the needs and desires and ideas people have.”
Suffice it to say, Vivian’s Flower Market seeks to be something different than your standard experience with a florist.
“They get market value at a shop experience,” she said. “And they’re not coming to something generic. Their input, their possibilities are all possible here. … We are more than happy to work with anyone who comes through our doors.”
Currently the hours are Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday by appointment. They also make arrangements for special times if needed.
Vivian’s Flower Market makes deliveries – locally and into the San Fernando Valley. You can find the business on the Yelp review pages. When you call Vivian, she can send you a text with pictures to create your personal arrangement.
Vivian’s Flower Market is located at 17733 Sierra Highway in Canyon Country.
To place an order or for more information, call 818-538-0151.