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Simpsons Florist

Give your loved ones a beautiful floral gift from Simpson’s Florist. Situated in Newington you can order online for flowers to be delivered throughout Edinburgh and the surrounding areas. 

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In this blog, Frances talks is through the story behind the businesses she loves so dearly.

2020 has been a horrible year for everyone, and I’m not going to pretend that I’m any different. I spent the first couple of months in a job I hated. When I was in the thick of it I didn’t think about what was happening, I just got on with it. Getting up at 6am with a sinking feeling in my stomach and still being at work at 10pm for 19 days straight was the norm. I was physically and mentally exhausted. I got to breaking point in March, which involved me walking (pre COVID) hysterically into the doctor’s reception and announcing that I needed to see a doctor straightaway. That day was a turning point for me.

At that point something gave me the courage to believe in myself and decide that I was better than that. For at least 10 years I’ve said that if I could go back and do things differently I would be a florist. Mostly because I love flowers. It wasn’t an idea that I’d thought through or that I ever expected to happen. But one day at the end of March I was looking at businesses for sale in Edinburgh and I stumbled across Simpson’s Florist. I went to see the shop, met the owner, decided it was meant to be, and the rest is history. To be 100% honest, when I sat and thought about it, the idea terrified me and still does. I hadn’t run my own business before, I’m not a qualified florist, we’re in the middle of a pandemic and subsequent recession, and everything you saw or read in the news was doom and gloom. Not to mention the self-doubt that constantly creeps in. There was any number of things that could go wrong. For someone who is naturally a pessimist that was a pretty terrifying situation, but my gut told me to go for it.

At the start of October I took over the shop and I haven’t looked back. I love everything about it. I love the fact that I make people smile every day. I love the fact that I get to be part of people’s lives. I love the fact that I get to look at beautiful flowers every day. I love the fact that I get to make decisions for myself and not be given other people’s inane ideas to implement and have to pretend to like them. I love it when something I have made gets a 5* review on Google, and I love the sense of pride that comes with that. I love the fact that when I get the urge to spend money at 1am, I no longer buy clothes I don’t need but instead I order flowers. I love it when those 100 tulips that I accidentally ordered when I was half asleep at 1am actually end up selling out. You get the picture. I love it.

As soon as you begin to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning – Barbara Sher

The biggest thing I’ve learnt in the last couple of months is actually that people are really nice. The number of people I’ve never met before who have gone out of their way to help me has amazed me. The pub next door who let me borrow their wifi when my phone line wasn’t connected. The lovely florist around the corner who has lent me things at the last minute. The decorator who has only worked 1 Sunday in 20 years but volunteered to do it without me asking because that was the only way the shop was going to get decorated any time soon. 

The fact that I’m writing this blog for a Gift Guide that’s being put together by an amazing lady who is getting nothing out of it herself and just wants to support small businesses. These little acts of kindness aren’t something I’ve experienced before. In my corporate job I swear that people took satisfaction in screwing someone else over and watching someone fail. I hope that I can bring my own little acts of kindness as well, but for the moment a big thank you to everyone who’s helped me so far.  
Anyway, enough about me and onto my business. Simpson’s Florist is in Newington (@simpsonsedinburgh on Facebook and @simpsonsflorist on Instagram). We stock a large range of flowers for you to choose from and can basically create anything you want. There’s a selection of bouquets on our website, but these are just examples and we can create anything for any budget. Come in to see us at 23 West Preston Street or get in touch either by email ( or phone (0131 668 3773). Just let us know how much you want to spend and if you have any colour/flower preferences and we’ll create a bespoke arrangement for you. We do bouquets, baskets, arrangements, corporate work, buttonholes, wedding and funeral flowers. Basically, anything you need flowers for, we can help. We also offer pay up front 3 or 6 month flower delivery subscriptions which make a great Christmas or birthday present, and we have Christmas wreaths available, as well as wreath making kits for anyone who’s feeling crafty. We deliver within the Edinburgh and East Lothian areas and can usually deliver on the same day. By the way, you’ll definitely be pleased to hear that I have a fully trained florist working with me to make up for my lack of floristry training 😀
Here are a few photos of bouquets that we’ve delivered recently. Even if you don’t need any flowers at the moment, I hope they make you smile and brighten up your day. Thank you for reading my ramblings and for supporting small, local businesses. I know it’s said a lot, but it’s true; when you support a small business, you’re supporting someone‘s dream. 
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2021,
Frances x

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