Overland Park Florist Finds Her Calling
Written by T.E. Cunningham / Photos by Jami Marshall
When Emily Fyten was a student at Johnson County Community College and the University of Kansas, she struggled like so many students do at that age. The struggle? Trying to decide just what it was she wanted to do for the rest of her professional career. It’s a big decision to make at that age.
“I took general studies along with several arts and art history classes,” she recalls. “I knew I wanted to do something creative, but I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what. Then my sister suggested I work part-time at a flower shop.”
And the rest, as they say, is history. From there, a lifelong passion for floral design was born and shone a light on Emily’s professional path. The part-time job at the flower shop grew to full-time. Eventually, she ventured out to handling weddings on her own under the moniker Flowers By Emily.
She knew she had found her calling. But then came another big leap.
“It was my mom’s idea to open a floral shop,” Fyten says. “She had recently retired and was interested in trying something new. In fact, both my parents realized that flowers were my future and were hugely supportive. They served as great mentors, helping me work through many business issues. My whole family even volunteers at the store when I need help.”
Sadly, her mother passed away shortly after the shop opened in Leawood — but she was able to see her dream realized. Fyten’s father still plays a significant role in the business today.
Making beautiful bridal bouquets and wedding arrangements are all in a day’s work for Park Place’s Flowers by Emily. The florist collaborates with couples to create whatever design they want, including customized items that match wedding decor. Fyten notes that about 10% of her business is dedicated to weddings.
Other peak times include Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, but the store also does a great deal of business around high school events such as homecoming and prom. Still, Fyten feels the best time of all to give flowers is “to send them for no reason at all.”
In addition to serving as a full-service florist, Flowers By Emily is a fashionable gift boutique, and Fyten sets a high bar in regard to what is offered in her shop, insisting on top-quality items with an artistic flair.
Many small businesses fail in the first year and quite a few more in the first three. When questioned as to why the shop has stood the test of time, Fyten says she’s not sure.
Her customers might say it’s because of the family-owned feel and courteous, engaged staff. Flowers By Emily doesn’t use a wire service; you order directly through a designer. In today’s corporate world of automated answering systems, it’s a refreshing twist. There’s no middleman, and the shop adds plenty of extra touches for its clientele, including Blue Chip Cookies, balloons, and weekly and monthly floral service delivery options.
“I am consistently amazed by the arrangements they come up with there,” says customer Chris Stock. “My wife loves them. Flowers by Emily is truly the best florist in town.”
Fyten says she loves what she does, despite the pressures of owning a small business. She also delights in a staff that has provided friendship and great assistance to the shop for many years.
So, what’s next for Flowers By Emily?
“I’m so excited about our newest addition to our services,” she shares. “We now offer home and commercial decorating. No project is too big or too small. We can do one room in a house or an entire home.”
Flowers By Emily is located at 5230 W. 116th Place in Leawood. Call 913.685.1188 or visit flowersbyemily.com to learn more.