Meet Stephanie Newton of Posie's Flower Truck!
Hey! Thanks for popping in to meet Stephanie Newton of Posie’s Flower Truck! She’s the Owner of Tampa Bay’s beloved cornflower blue flower truck. Posie’s pops up around the city at local staples like Oxford Exchange, Bandit Coffee, & Hyde Park Village. This gorgeous vintage truck is stocked with fresh blooms & good vibes from Stephanie and her flower crew.
She’ll be the first to tell you that she didn’t always feel like she belonged or that she wasn’t great at being an entrepreneur. But along the way she’s learned that her instincts are great & that she bounces back very quickly. As she approaches her 2nd business anniversary in November of 2019, she’s feeling confident and ready to swing for the fence.
Stephanie had so much to share during her interview, and one of the sweetest things is that when she looks back on her proudest moment since launching Posie’s, her happy thought is that her family, especially her daughter, are proud of her and the business she’s created. And she has big plans for Posie’s in the future— including adding more special events to the calendar & flower bars around town, like the one currently at Pete’s General. I know that so much of Stephanie’s interview are going to resonate with you, so jump in!
Enjoy her words and stay boss. xx -Gina
Tell us about yourself and what you do!
I’m Stephanie—a girl with a little extra time on my hands looking to spread some love and cheer around the Tampa Bay area. Why Posies? This town needed a vintage flower shop on wheels—and with help from my friends, I was determined to make it happen. Plans to launch the business started germinating and once this cute blue truck caught my attention, there was no going back. We retrofitted the bed, bought a canopy and filled the buckets with unique blooms that you can't find at the grocery. Everyone loves fresh flowers and it's even better when a bouquet is styled by you to fit your personal taste and budget. Look for Posies at local events and pop-up venues or hit us up for a personal delivery or photoshoot.
How did your business begin?
After being a mom and homemaker for many years, I craved a creative and fun outlet to generate income and get my career rolling again.
Whats 1 challenge you've faced and 1 success you've had since you’ve created your business?
Losing my business partner and taking on the sole responsibility of running my own business without any prior entrepreneurial experience was an enormous challenge. Celebrating the truck's first birthday with so many dear customers and friends was one of the happiest days of my life as a business owner.
When are you at your happiest?
When I'm watching people create beautiful things at the flower truck.
What do you tell yourself when things get difficult?
I know things will be different or I will feel differently about them tomorrow. I can also rest just knowing that everything will work out according to God's sovereign plan for my life. He is in control and I am not.
Whats 1 personal goal and 1 business goal you plan to accomplish this year?
More intentional about making wise decisions through seeking counsel, and focusing on profitability of business. Use personal time more productively since that is at such a premium these days!
Where can you be found + what will you typically be up to on a Tuesday afternoon?
Tuesday afternoons find me out selling flowers at Hyde Park Village.
Where can we find you + what will you typically be up to on a Friday evening?
Friday evenings I'm at home enjoying some down time with my husband, and occasionally, my two teenagers.
Where can you be found + what will you typically be up to on a Sunday morning?
Teaching Sunday school to 7-10 year olds and then worship with my family.
What’s your favorite quote?
"Just keep swimming..." Dory from Finding Nemo
Finish these sentences:
I love: my family.
I'm always looking for: fun things to do, pretty things to look at and wear and good things to eat.
My inspiration is: this beautiful world we live in.
I'll never: say never.