<--Athina w/her giant work table that's been w/her for 26 yrs
Everyone knows Athina. At least anyone that's been in Kirkland for a little while and has been paying attention. This local gal is always a smiling familiar face with a personality that is so kind and down-to-Earth that you can't help but feel magnetized to her. She was in floral/events for 15 years, and then went to help her brother with George's after her Dad, George, passed away. She also does real estate part-time. It wasn't until her friend asked her, "Athina, what do you actually want to do?" that she realized it was flowers and real estate. Coming back to the floral business just felt right. Once this declaration was made, she quickly sprung into action to bring Athina Flora to life. Two blinks later, she had secured the space at 42 Lakeshore Plaza where the tattoo shop used to be, and celebrated with a ribbon cutting on July 11th. Hello go-getter.
In true Athina fashion, she's going to kick this business off by partnering with the KDA and throwing an event called the "Athina Flora Wedding Wine Walk" on Friday August 16th. This wine walk will allow you to taste Washington wines, check out Athina Flora designs as well as other wedding vendors in downtown Kirkland. Proceeds will support beautification efforts in the downtown core. If you'd like to help by volunteering (for free drink tickets, of course!) there's a sign up here.
Athina Flora focuses on the details and creating over-the-top arrangements for your special occasions. She is so creative. This is not the florist where you browse a wall of flowers in a case. She will not be housing flowers in the shop, but you can pre-order. There will always be plants for sale and olive trees, a fave that she says always do well here. Athina also does weddings and special events. And (tell my husband to read this), you can also choose a frequency to have flowers delivered to a special someone throughout the year. Birthday, Mother's Day, Anniversary- bam! Sign up for the annual program and you don't have to remember and are sure to impress. Designing pots for private homes is also an ongoing service she provides for each season.
photo cred: www.stonephotographyseattle.com
And then- lucky us! Flower classes will start happening on a monthly basis too. They will be free of charge in the evenings and hold aout 12 people. You are just asked to bring a food donation that will be brought to the Kirkland Seahawkers monthly meeting and delivered to The Free Little Pantry. Athina will teach everyone how to make a particular arrangement from start to finish that she puts together, and then does a drawing to see who will get to take it home. The first class will be Sept 19th at 6:30pm.