Coriander Girl – Goodie Spotlight
This week our Goodie Spotlight is focusing on the lovely and absolutely charming flower/antique shop, Coriander Girl. Opened in 2009 and owned by new mama Alison Westlake, this little shop is definitely on our #inspiration radar.
At LPG we love all things creative and visual, and that’s why we are so excited to be featuring this sweet little Parkdale gem. The shop has been featured in numerous Canadian publications such as House & Home, Chatelaine, Flare and Toronto Life – just to name a few! From weddings and parties to “I’m sorry” bouquets, this shop has something for every occasion. Not to mention locally sourced crafts and antiques!
Read our Q&A with Coriander Girl’s Alison Westlake to learn more about this hip shop on Queen West!
LPG: When and why did you open Coriander Girl? Where did the name come from?
CG: I opened Coriander Girl in 2009 when I realized my little Parkdale community in Toronto was lacking a flower shop. I was a gardener and saw a niche for garden inspired arrangements, the name comes from my love of gardening and all things fresh and delicious.
LPG: What makes Coriander Girl so unique?
CG: 5 years ago when I opened, local flowers were hard to come by. We pride ourselves on buying local when possible and the vessels we use are almost always antiques as well.
LPG: What would you say has been your most memorable experience since starting your business?
CG: My most memorable experience…hmm that’s a tough one. When I think back to the early days of opening my business the best memories are the simplest things. Working late with the music turned up loud designing arrangements, it was so rewarding to close the doors every night on my very own shop. My dad and I delivering weddings together, those were the days. And I can’t forget my first appearance on Marilyn Dennis, that was pretty darn memorable.
LPG: Since having your first child, have you found any new inspiration for your shop? What has changed?
CG: Having a child is all consuming, she is on my mind every waking minute of the day and so naturally she is affecting all of my decision making even on a subconscious level I’m sure. Coriander Girl isn’t just something I do, it’s who I am and so now that I have a daughter I feel an even greater desire to build something that she will be proud of and know her mama put her whole heart into it. Is anything changing because I have a daughter? I think it’s just getting better!
LPG: Where do you see Coriander Girl in the next five years?
CG: We just turned 5 years old last month. In five years I’ve grown from one teeny shop to a bigger shop, a wedding studio, 4 full time amazing employees (plus one Coriander Dad) and we’re opening a new location in November. I cannot believe how far we’ve come. It’s a lot of growth in such a short time as most of the big moves happened all within the last year. So, if the last five years are any indication of where we’re headed, the future looks bright.
We’d like to take the opportunity to thank Alison and the Coriander Girl team for taking the time to answer our questions, we loved learning more about your fabulous business and wish you great success in your future endeavours!
Margaret O’Donoghue xo
LPG Communications Coordinator