Edmond Ok is a local florentine who has been running a business in the Okanagan for 25 years.
He says he was able to get a license from the City of Okanah and open a business when his store opened last year.
Ok is very well known in the local flORist community, and there are a lot of local flores and shops that have a lot to offer.
“It’s a pretty big business, and I think it’s a good opportunity for a small local business,” Ok said.
Ok has been looking for a local partner for several years, and says the local community has supported him.
“The community has really embraced me and helped me through this process,” Ok told CBC News.
“I’m very proud of the way the community has reacted.”
He says he has to compete with a number of local businesses to make it to his store.
“I’ve seen a lot more of competition, but I’ve also seen a few that have really taken the time to look at it, and they’re very receptive to what I have to offer,” Ok explained.
Ok says he’s trying to expand his business to serve more floristas across the region, but also for other small businesses.
“We’re just looking to do a better job, and to expand in every aspect of the business,” he said.
“There’s some really good florista in the community that don’t know much about the local area.
So, I’m really trying to make sure that I cater to the florish community.”
Ok says the biggest challenge he has is finding a local vendor to fill all of the orders he has.
He has been working with a local farmer, but Ok is unsure if he’ll be able to do the same for his own business.
“When I do my own business, I think I’m gonna be able, but at the end of the day, I don’t have that much control over what people want to see, and what they want to do,” Ok joked.
Ok hopes to open his store in mid-January.
He’s also trying to grow his business by partnering with a floristry to cater to a specific customer base.
“That’s what I really want to make a big impact on, and that’s what we need to make the biggest impact on for our community, to help our florister,” Ok added.