About 25 years ago, Lovettsville resident Joy Suits began a hobby of floral arranging while working for a friend who owned a florist shop in Virginia Beach. That experience has since grown, blossoming into a full time florist business.
After moving to Northern Virginia, Suits and her husband Joseph in 2014 purchased Mini Rose Farm, located on Rodeffer Road in Lovettsville. Suits arranged flowers for weddings and special events on the weekends until about two years ago when she left her full-time job to pursue her passion for flowers.
Mini Rose Farm is now not only a floral events business, but has expanded to include a retail flower shop where Suits held a grand opening celebration on Sunday. The event was attended by Lovettsville Mayor Nate Fontaine as well as representatives from Loudoun Economic Development and Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis Randall's (D-At Large) offices.
“This is what I love and this is a dream come true,” Suits said in her prepared remarks to the crowd of friends and family who gathered to help celebrate the event.
Suits, who is assisted by floral shop manager Dawn Mellott, has been busy preparing flowers for 72 weddings in 2021. They are already scheduling well into 2023, she said.
In addition to working with wholesale “old school” flowers, Suits said, they also purchase local flowers from Lucky Acres Farm in Purcellville, which is owned by Molly Kubic.
Besides creating arrangements for weddings, funerals and other special occasions, Mini Rose Farm makes corsages, boutonnieres and “tussie mussies” — essentially, small bouquets — for homecoming and proms.
Mini Rose Farm Florals is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday by appointment.