Minute With -- Melissa Finlay, Fleur De’ Lissa Floral Lounge owner:
"Together with my husband David and daughter Jasmine, we own Fleur De’Lissa and the newly opened Fleur De’Lissa Floral Lounge.
Fleur De’ Lissa is in the atrium at Tewantin, while the floral lounge is in the new Coles shopping centre at Peregian Springs.
I have been running the Tewantin shop for one year but have been an established florist for 13 years.
The Peregian Springs store has been open one month and is doing well.
My husband and I met on private yachts and chartered through the Caribbean and Mediterranean.
After five years, we decided to move to Australia – my husband’s home – and took over Ladybird florist at Tewantin, and soon changed the name.
Nine months after purchasing the shop, our little Jasmine came along and we decided to buy another premises so we could fasten a little area, which was just hers.
We love how everyone has grown to love and adopt Jasmine at Tewantin and we hoped the same would happen at Peregian Springs.
So far everyone has been so lovely and everyone wants a cuddle.
We are the only floral lounge that I am aware of on the Coast so its a great new concept – mixing the beauty of flowers with the relaxing atmosphere of coffee.
We serve cakes, muffins, sandwiches, salads and lots more. And we also do catering across the Coast on request.
Our inspiration comes from our love of the French and Italian Riverias.
I use that influence in my flowers.
We also try to incorporate this style into the food as best we can.
We do panini sandwiches with a little of that flair and we use Italian coffee (Lavazza)."
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