"We have to distinguish what’s important in life instead of just following the money dream."
Updated: Jan 22, 2019
In a city that is full of excitement, sometimes it can be hard to find a place that makes you feel special. Just what owner, floral designer Dorothy Stepnowska had in mind when she expanded her one of a kind flower shop and added "Flower Power Coffee House, NYC". As we like to describe it, Queens’s very own best kept little secret. With so much going on in the shop these last few months, a buzz has been created throughout the New York City community and the media! However, Dorothy is the heart, the love and the power behind this incredible flower shop/coffee house, that SkysOcean loves so much. A place where the community sits to chat with a cup of coffee or tea and a little pastry on the side or even to participate in the many events that she hosts. There’s something for everyone and all while being surrounded by beautiful flowers and the twinkle lights in a secret garden scene. To add to the fabulous, there is a charming space in the back that is available for rent. Below you will find the many events hosted at Flower Power Coffee House, NYC and if you are a guest in our city, don't forget to pass by this magical spot! (Many photos provided from Dorothy Stepnowska's Instagram)
Tell us a little bit about your background?
I am originally from Ostrolenka, Poland and I arrived to Greenpoint, Brooklyn in New York City when I was fourteen years old. That’s where all the Polish community were living at that time. My first obstacle when I arrived here was that I didn’t speak any English. I had to learn how to speak English and I honestly don’t know how long it took for me to learn.
When did you know you wanted to become a Florist?
I must’ve been seven years old, back in Poland anything that had to do with flowers I loved. I used to go to the fields of flowers and I used to pick bouquets for my mom.
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Knowing how hard it is to open a business in New York, what made you want to open up a flower shop?
This was my dream. I faced a lot of challenges to build this business, like for example the city licenses, money, construction and there was also so much that I didn’t expect that came with owning a business, but I’m glad I overcame them and am here now.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I guess I feel like, it’s actually from people themselves. I see so many unhappy people, that it inspires me to create something in my shop that makes people happy, because we need that in this world. We constantly forget what it is to be happy and instead are constantly chasing money.
What other talents or hobbies that you have?
I like to read, it’s relaxing. I mean that’s not a talent, it’s more a hobby, but it’s what I do.
How do you think you are connecting with the community and what else would you like to offer to them?
I think that at some point you become like a family with your customers. You meet your customers and get to know them and they get to know you. The way you carry yourself with others and speak to people is important. In my shop I like them to feel welcomed, comfortable and safe.
I also like to help by hosting community events, like on Easter we bring in the Easter bunny, and on Christmas Santa Claus comes. The place is decorated to the season and the energy of the spirit of the holiday is surrounded. The families come in and photograph with their children and it’s fun and memorable. It’s a free event, because I feel like that memory is priceless. Spending time with your family is precious and that’s something that we lack of these days.
What is life to you?
That’s a tough question.
We’ll get back to this question. This question seems to be tough for everybody.
Congrats on adding a coffee shop to your flower shop, tell us what do you think this has done for your business?
My shop got busier, I not only offer flowers now, but I offer coffee and a special coffee at that. My coffee blends are delicious and special. I offer regular blends and CBD infused blends. Which is made from the hemp of the cannabis plant. So combined with a flower shop makes it a perfect combination. I also offer teas and many other CBD products as well.
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What makes your flower shop so successful? Right now you have the buzz going, CBS, New York One and many others are asking about you. What makes you unique?
I guess when I make a bouquet for someone I make it specifically for them. I make it with love, I make it with my own personal touch. Everybody's bouquet is unique and at the Flower Power Coffee House, NYC we invite every one to come and just enjoy themselves. With the many events happening and our wellness programs that we are offering, it's a good place to be.
With so much going on in this world, what beauty do you see in America?
I see the beauty of freedom of speech and to be able to become whoever you want to become.
What should we be looking out for in the future?
I just want to expand, I want to provide as much entertainment and as much products for the customer to enjoy in such a beautiful place like mine.
What is life to you?
Love, kindness, helping other people. We have to distinguish what’s important in life instead of just following the money dream. At the end of the day your piece of mind is the most important thing, than anything else.
Check out her pages for the list of events offered.
We loved this interview! SkysOcean is always proud to interview people that are passionate about their profession especially women owned businesses. Not only is Dorothy Stepnowska exceptionally talented, she also opens her shop to the community, promotes charitable events, is a single mom, and participates in women’s empowerment. Check out her pages below for the list of events offered.
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Ostrołęka is a city in northeastern Poland on the Narew river, about 120 km northeast of Warsaw, with a population of 52,792 and an area of 33,46 km². The town is situated in the Masovian Voivodeship, and it is the former capital of the Ostrołęka Voivodeship. Credit: Wikipedia
CBD coffee/tea, treats and other products are offered.
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