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Q&A with Chuck

So we're here in Woodbridge, CA with Chuck Meyer- such an awesome flower shop you have! I've been raving about this shop for years; it’s like a piece of Europe or Monterey in here. So how did you get into the floral business? Why aren’t you doing computers or something, isn’t that where the money’s at?
"Well I’m too old for that [laughs]! When I took computers back in the day there weren’t even any PC’s.  We used slide rules and theories and had to drive 80 miles to the nearest big town to use one of those data card punch computers- oh my gosh. Anyway, I started helping out at the local florist about 1985 in Conrad, Montana, a little farm town out in the prairie.  I just started helping out and I learned that way- but mostly self-taught."
How did you end up out here in beautiful California?
"Believe it or not, I took a wire order, a call-in FTD order from this flower shop [Woodbridge Florist] one December from this German woman. I asked her, ‘what’s the weather like there today?’ And she responds in a thick accent, ‘Oh, it’s beautiful over here, its 60 degrees and the sun is out’- and it was 30 degrees below 0, snowing where I was [laughs]. And I’m just like, oh wow that must be nice. I jokingly said, you don’t need any help do you? She says, ‘as a matter of fact I do need designers’. One thing led to another and I got a job here; I moved. I packed, got my friend, my cat and my dog  and drove down. I rented out a room out of her townhouse. Eventually she got remarried and wanted to move. Her accountant and I became business partners and we bought Woodbridge Florist."
What year did you come over?
"1999, then we bought the shop in 2005. It was like the last good year of the economy [laughs]. The next year 2006 was good, after that it just totally tanked. But we’re still here [smiles].  The funny thing when I first came here I was so disappointed [laughs]! I’ve never been to California and I didn’t know what to expect when I got here."
You were probably wondering, where are the beaches and surfboards?
"Well I guess I had some idea that it was going to be like L.A. or San Fransisco or something. And I’m like, oh man it’s just like another small farming town [laughs]. It was just like what I had left, the only difference was they were raising corn, tomatoes, cherries, and grapes instead of wheat and cattle. So it was kind of funny. Really it’s not much different except the climate is much nicer."​
Do you have any flower tips for people?
[laughing] "My favorite saying is ‘why should people think they’re going to get what they want, they’re going to get what I made them! In all honesty the orders I prefer taking is when someone gives me an idea of a general look; if they like something compact or wild or country etc. A general description of the feeling and then the colors they like, and even the colors they don’t like. Then tell me how much you want to spend and let me do it. It’s much easier than asking how many flowers are going to be in it or what you are going to use. My favorite answer is, ‘ I don’t know yet it’s like opening the fridge and seeing what I have to make for dinner- I don’t know until I make it.’ I mean, I can tell you anything I think you want to hear, but reality is it may not be anything like I tell you [laughs]! So let me make it and trust me, that’s what works the best. Most people are pleased, I’ve never had anyone not be pleased."
What do you like about the floral business?
"The part that’s nice is when you do something and it really makes a difference in people’s lives. When they call you back three weeks after the wedding or funeral and say ‘I’ve had my flowers for three weeks I can’t believe how long they’ve lasted’- that sort of thing is what’s nice. Or when the mother of the bride said to me at a previous wedding, ‘oh it’s much more than I expected it would be’. Those are the magic words- that’s the best part. But also just being around the flowers all the time. I started out picking wild flowers on our pasture arranging them into a tiny bouquet in a miniature teacup my mother gave me, then taking it to my first grade teacher. So that’s when I really started. I’m half Dutch so flowers runs in our blood."

A Look Inside Woodbridge Florist

     Let Woodbridge Florist create a personal floral design that reflects exactly what you want to say.  Whether it be a sentiment of love, condolence or encouragement, there is an arrangement out there for everyone.  Flowers are also an excellent way to beautify your home. One person may prefer a contemporary tropical arrangement while another loves the tradition of a dozen roses.  Whatever your preference, Woodbridge Florist is there to accommodate you.

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