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Opening: Raise a glass to Gin House Flowers

Naming her floristry business after two of her favourite things - gin and flowers - Cambridge’s Lucy Hill has just opened her first bricks and mortar shop in Histon. Starting Gin House Flowers from home in the May of 2017, having been made redundant from her finance job and craving a creative challenge, she held a pop-up in the village the following summer “and just fell in love with the community. From that moment we knew we needed our own shop here. We love the people and we’re also right on the doorstep of the city, so it’s perfect!”

Lucy’s passion for floristry dates back to her teens and a Saturday job in a flower shop. She went on to study the subject, along with wider horticulture, but “a string of character-building life events”, which included recovering from a broken back, put her on a different career path, working her way up in banking before becoming an auditor.

“I had always loved working with flowers, but somehow I got swept up in the corporate world,” explains Lucy, who met her now-husband through work. “After years of working in finance, sales, purchasing, people management and customer service, redundancy loomed and I was ready for a big change. I was prepared more than ever to start my own business: this was just another challenge I set myself and one I was going to win!

“Now I’m busy creating amazing bouquets and displays that bring happiness and joy to so many faces! What job is better than that?”

Every Gin House creation is bespoke and made with the client foremost in mind, adds Lucy: “We can design the perfect funeral tributes in the darkest of days, beautiful gift bouquets tailored to their preferences and discuss flowering the wedding of their dreams.”

There’s a real sense of family at Gin House, she adds: “Our customers just come by for a chat, to pop in and say hello. After being pregnant in the shop and then giving birth last April, we have many fans of Gin House Miniature, who come to see him as he comes to work with us most days!”

See ginhouseflowers.co.uk for more details.

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