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.
Order online: simpsonsflorist.co.uk
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.