Flower Bar founder Andrea Corbin grew up in Europe, where she could stop at a flower stand over lunch and hand select blossoms for a bouquet. “It added to the ambiance, beauty and experience of enjoying flowers,” she says. “My upbringing really brought that inspiration out for the Flower Bar.”
When she returned stateside, she was often the friend or family member pulling together artful arrangements for special occasions. She would customize bouquets with her signature style, inspired by English gardens, from stems she’d buy at the market. Corbin decided to combine her two great loves — interior design and flowers — and create something unique inspired by her European upbringing.
Enveloping guests in a riot of scent and color, her lush Minneapolis storefront lets guests select stems to create their own bouquets at the floral arrangement station — or tap a trained staffer to handcraft a bespoke one right in front of them. For those craving a more hands-on experience, Flower Bar offers a variety of popular classes to mark special celebrations or promote professional team building. (Yes, the company also delivers.)
“There’s nothing like flowers,” Corbin enthuses. “They have a special meaning that transcends all walks of life. No other gift has that same meaning. We source the best flower varieties locally and, where appropriate, internationally.” Flower Bar’s unique experience not only offers a calming haven from the busy lives we lead but also allows clients the experience of crafting and taking home their very own custom creations.
Corbin understands the joy flowers bring from personal experience, of course, but also from the steady feedback she has received since opening Flower Bar in September 2022. “Touching people’s lives was really my upbringing, and this is an important piece to continue that,” she explains. “It is inspiring to me to give back and to have people coming into the shop saying it has made such a difference to their day and mood.”