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Snohomish with Love

Meet Candice, owner of The Petal and the Stem Floral Boutique, this Valentine's Day

Article by Michelle W. Parnell

Photography by Beauclair Photography Studio

Originally published in Snohomish City Lifestyle

Excited, joyful, loved, encouraged, appreciated… all describe the emotions experienced when receiving the gift of fresh flowers. Whether elaborate or simple, receiving flowers brings joy to people’s lives and a smile to their faces. They truly brighten any and every occasion. Since the young age of thirteen, Candice Szarzec, owner of The Petal and the Stem Floral Boutique, has been brightening days and sharing joy by creating customized flower arrangements.

What began on the big island of Hawaii with making leis for tourists and locals has grown into a full-service, all-occasion floral boutique and decor shop located in historic downtown Snohomish. Here, Candice and her team provide personalized service and guide customers to choose the best arrangement for the recipient. “We're the local flower shop creating custom florals with daily deliveries seven days a week and we specialize in weddings, event florals, floral workshops and local community projects,” shared Candice. “We hand make customized arrangements based on the preferences of the person receiving the flowers, especially when it comes to colors and mood.” 

Candice enjoys being part of important events in the lives of her customers. As someone who has endured challenges and tragedy in her life, including becoming a widow and single mom at a young age, Candice works compassionately with others as they walk through joyful and sorrowful times. From celebrating birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and holidays like Valentine’s Day to comforting a family during a time of loss, she ensures that each floral arrangement comes with a personal and caring touch. “I've navigated through a lot in my life and had to figure out a lot on my own,” she shared. “So, it comes naturally for me to listen to people’s stories, become invested in their situations, and show compassion through being here for them.”

For Candice, designing and building custom florals on a daily basis is deeply fulfilling, and that enthusiasm shines through her products. “I love creating. There are so many inspiring people in the world and the ideas are endless. Creating is also the way I get through things too,” she explained. “I don't have a therapist; I have flowers and I feel so blessed that a big part of my day is being creative. I love how I get to use my creative energy to bring joy to people every day.”

In addition to daily creations in the shop, Candice and her team provide custom florals and décor for over two hundred weddings and special events each year. “We want to capture their vision for the event,” she said. “We schedule a consultation to get to know them and their personality. Then, we talk through their inspiration - whether it comes from Pinterest boards or photos or simply something special they want to express on their special day.”

Connecting with and staying involved in local community projects is important to Candice. “We enjoy being active in the community and we seem to gravitate towards causes that support first responders,” she said. “We've been a part of Hopes for Heroes for eight years, where we provide all the floral for events that raise money to give back to first responders. We also support Four Season Fighters and other groups. We frequently donate flowers to local causes because we believe in supporting our community.”

Make plans to visit The Petal and the Stem Floral Boutique, located in historic downtown Snohomish at 1234 1st Street. To peruse a sampling of arrangements available, place orders, register for workshops held every third Saturday of the month, or schedule a private workshop for a group or your favorite valentine, visit Same-day service and deliveries are available seven days a week.

"I get to use my creative energy to bring joy to people.”

“I love creating." ~ Candice