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Flowers for Friends

Name: Layla Aust

Location: Venice, FL 

Type of Business:
Handmade floral arrangements for the elderly in ALF and VETERANS!

What does your business do?
I create pieces of Art using beautiful vases that I purchase and make beautiful floral arrangements and deliver them to assisted living facilities and Veterans. Those who have been forgotten I try to bring a smile to their faces every base is made with love!

When and why did you start the biz?
I began my business in January of 2018 I started it as an ACT of RANDOM KINDNESS. Using my own money to start it off it has grown through word-of-mouth unfortunately I am not a wealthy woman I am a single mother of three. I began doing this because my mother had been in a nursing home I worked in a nursing home I've seen people who have been mistreated families that have put them there and left them there and never have come back to visit. I have a family full of VETERANS and if you are a true American you know what they have been through and I feel everyone can do something for them I am just a small percentage that felt flowers for friends would let them know that I Layla Aust and my creations let them know I care.

Where's your office?
Well my office is in two rooms one is my large dining room table where I make the floral arrangements I do my paperwork outside on my patio and I have a small desk with a filing cabinet I try to think that I am organized to the best of my ability.

What's the most fun part?
The Smiles and the way it makes me feel inside when you do something for people and don't want anything in return there's a special feeling you get.

Anything you would have done differently?
To others who have an idea follow it through and be true with yourself.Are you going to do it and stick with it like it's your new child. Once you start you CAN'T give up when things get a little rocky!

What advice do you have for others?
Don't jump head first into your idea you won't like the bump on your head 😉. Make sure you have a plan, write it down a couple of times and review it.I tripled checked everything.Make sure it's aaolid plan.

How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
Idea Cafe I believe has the experience and knowledge I do not have yet,and are able to help with solid ideas to improve my business and possibly lead me in the right direction for funding so I can continue working with something I love and means so much to others.

Prior jobs or business?
I was an office administrator for Newyork working for the largest General Contractor in N.Y.C. I then moved to Florida and did some more office work but the pay wasn't good so I became a professional Bartender for 22 years.

What are your pets' names?
Apache he is a black Lab, Goldie she is a gold Lab, Loki & Baxter are our boy cats and Pinsy she is our little girl kitten

Do any of these pets help with your biz?
Loki & Apache try they are very interested in what mommy is doing.

Is there any one person or event in your life that led you to go into business for yourself?
I was an alcoholic since the age of 14. I have been SOBER now for 4 years I have always had the idea in the back of my mind. Unfortunately the alcohol seemed to ruin all my dreams and creativeness that was in me. Since being sober I've accomplished more in 4 years then in my entire life. I know "Crazy" rite.

Anyone you publicly want to thank?
My amazing Husband Douglas,Tuff,Paiton,Shaimus, Tyler &Tina and Mrs.Alice Shea who said follow your heart.

Contact Info:
Layla Aust
837 Poinciana Rd
Venice, FL 34293


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