We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Alford and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Heather, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I wouldn’t consider myself a huge risk taker, although, I did take a pretty big one with Flourish. I had an idea, saw the opportunity and ran with it. I have had other ideas in the past that I never acted on and watched the opportunity pass me by. This time, the risk I took changed my life and gave me a career.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We customize giant balloons and tassels to match your theme or color scheme as well as balloon garlands. Each balloon and garland is completely personalized and handmade to order using premium, quality products.  We provide you with unique, one of a kind balloons based on the type of event and any ideas you may have. I am most proud of the name and the reputation we have built over the years. We strive to make every customer MORE then happy. We do everything we can to make Instagram worthy, jaw dropping balloon displays better then you even imagined.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So many places come to mind! Armature works is definitely an awesome place to go, MBird is one of my favorite spots. We would also go to Meat Market, American Social and Sociale. We would take a walk on the Riverwalk or maybe rent a tiki boat or paddle board. Tate’s on Clearwater Beach is must go and at least one visit to the St. Pete Pier.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents, Cindy and John Olejnik and Ericka Reincke

Website: Www.flourishtampa.com

Instagram: @flourishtampa

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Image Credits
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