Keep it "weird" by supporting local Austin florists for flower delivery.
In recent years, residents of Austin Texas have adopted the motto "Keep Austin Weird" in reference to both the eclectic lifestyle of the area as well as to preserve local small business enterprises. Due to the city's growth in the high tech industry, Austin is now headquarters to several large corporations; three of whom are Fortune 500 companies. Failing to see the benefit to the area's economy, several locals protest what they believe to be the over corporatization of the area and would prefer to see more local businesses flourishing.
While it's true that corporate America does tend to push the little guy out of the market, larger corporations are also responsible to job creation on a scale that smaller businesses cannot compete with. One sector that is experiencing woes in this area is the Austin flower industry. Austin, Texas gets on average three hundred days of sunshine each year making this the perfect environment for Austin flower and plant growers to operate. The only problem here is that most of the Austin flower shops are not selling Austin flowers. Most florists in Austin are buying their product not through Austin flowers and plants nurseries, but from Austin flower wholesalers. This would be fine if the wholesalers were buying from Austin flower growers, but they're not either. Most flowers in Austin and throughout the United States for that matter are imported from South American countries like Columbia and Ecuador.
South American flower farms are run similar to large corporations and are the bread and butter of their country's economy. Costs are lower for imported flowers than for Austin flowers due to cheap labor. They also have the added ability to produce tropical flowers throughout the year thanks to their consistent year-round favorable climates. Austin florists would once deal exclusively with local greenhouses for their product as shipping costs also have an impact on the bottom line. Up until recently, most flowers brought in to the U.S. came in through Miami which added significant transportation costs to the price of the product. Last year, the Houston Airport opened a 60,000 square foot cooling facility allowing South American flowers to come directly in to Texas, making distribution to Austin flower wholesalers much easier and less expensive. Some Austin area florists still buy their product from Austin flower farmers as the flowers bought locally last longer than product that has been imported.
When it comes to flowers, fresh is beautiful and people who buy flowers for themselves or their loved ones tend to look for the most beautiful flowers their money can buy. This means that the Austin flower industry may be one where the corporate giants aren’t able to stamp out the little guy after all.
Austin Most Popular Attractions
- The Austin Museum of Art-Laguna Gloria
- The Zilker Botanical Gardens
- The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
- The Texas State Capitol
- Sixth Street - famous destination for nightspots
For flower delivery to Austin, you can even look to Pflugerville florists, flower shops in Lakeway, or florists in Liberty Hill because our shops are real neighborhood florists. You can count on Cedar Park florists and Round Rock flower shops to deliver fresh flowers right to the recipient's door.
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