Logan’s very own flower market in bloom
In Slacks Creek, you can now stop and smell the roses – literally.
The first of its kind in the area, Southside Flower Market is reinventing the experience of flowers, where customers can explore the consumer cold room and even arrange their own bundles.
“Flowers just make people happy – it’s their sole purpose in life, in remembrance, sympathy or celebration.”— Nicki Christensen
Business owner Nicki Christensen, a fourth-generation florist, set up his business during the pandemic with his wife when they realised how disconnected people felt.
‘We had this idea about 6 years ago and it never felt like the right time,’ he says.
‘With the government announcing business incentives during lockdown, it seemed like the ideal time to help bring people together again.’
‘We picked Slacks Creek as it’s the centre of the universe when it comes to road transport. We also wanted to bring quality flowers to consumers in Logan.’
Their vision was simple – to provide affordable and lasting flowers, so others could always have flowers at home to lift their spirits.
And that’s exactly what they have accomplished.
During lockdown, the team focused on home deliveries – their most special offering was a substitute for a real-life hug called a ‘Flower Hug’. Now the market is open to all, with a range of products from ritzy hat boxes to simple arrangements under $30.
‘Flowers just make people happy – it’s their sole purpose in life, in remembrance, sympathy or celebration,’ Nicki says.
‘In Europe, everyone buys flowers daily or weekly as a part of life and we want to provide that little pick-me-up for people here.
‘We’ve also worked hard to make sure they last. Our wholesale business allows us to turn around flowers quickly – twice a week, we pick up chrysanthemums from Mount Tambourine growers at 8 in the morning and they’re ready to go in bouquets by midday.’
Above all else, Nicki says he cherishes the connection to the community, where he can chat and see people walk out with a smile and a big bunch of flowers.