A Blossoming Friendship | Mayu & Melissa | Table Tops Etc

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A Blossoming Friendship | Mayu & Melissa | Table Tops Etc

I Initially met my soon-to-be best friend, Mayu Valladolid, at Margret T Hance Park while hosting an event, budding my career as a florist. I remember that at this elegant Farmer’s Market event, Mayu purchased her first flower from me. She fell in love with this rare bi-color rose named Nicole, which has the purest white petals on the inside and red outer petal.

In the next few months, I opened a company called Rose Petaler in Scottsdale’s Hilton Village shopping center. We specialized in Ecuadorian Roses as they were beginning to make their premier in the States. I fell in love with these roses in the early 90’s at my first position working for an Ecuadorian family on Newbury Street in Boston. With this job, I had the opportunity to travel back to their home country for 3 weeks to tour magnificent farms and curate the most exquisite collections of flowers for our shop. I first set my eyes on these Ecuadorian delicacies and fell deeply in love.

When Mayu showed up once a month in our store, despite the 45-minute drive, just to purchase one of our special roses, I knew a long friendship was blossoming. After a few years of this special connection, Mayu began spending holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas with me and my family. This sweet woman even visited me at the hospital when I bore my first child, Arianna. As the years went by our companionship flourished.

This past September my friend was married to the love of her life in Chula Vista, California and I was able to attend alongside my husband and son. I chose to celebrate this new adventure in her life by surprising her with a lovely bouquet of White Snowberries, Israeli Ruscus and Juliette Peach Garden Roses. Through this extraordinary friendship with Mayu, I learned that a friend was worth more than a million roses…

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Melissa Lewis – Owner/Floral Designer Flowers have been Melissa’s passion – either as a designer or an owner – for over two decades. Melissa opened her first shop called The Rose Petaler in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1992 after working for an Ecuadorian family in Boston learning the rose trade. Her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from The Colorado College taught her many valuable skills about owning and operating a small business. She successfully sold the company in 2001 to spend more time with her children. Unable to stay away for too long, Melissa purchased Table Tops, Etc. in April 2003 from a friend she worked for following her short hiatus. She has been designing fabulous events – from lavish soirees and intimate anniversary parties to three-day conferences and 800-guest weddings – and has an amazing following! Over 2,100 executed events over the course of her carrier! “I have a confession to make! When I was seven years old and living in Marblehead, Massachusetts, I stole tulips from our public gardens as a Mother’s Day gift. That was the beginning . . . and it’s only grown from there. Lilacs from my neighbors’ gardens would find their way to vases throughout my home each season. And, each year on my vacations back East, I would dry sea lavender plucked from the New England shores and moss dug from the damp Maine forests – just to add a little something special to client arrangements. I love flowers. I have always loved flowers. I can’t tell you what a joy it is to have the opportunity to work with them every day – and share them with others!” If you have any questions, please email Melissa directly at [email protected]

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