New to Torrington CT as of July 2017 is Melissa Bernard’s floral business, The Honey Bee Florist & More. Located at the intersection of East Main & Main, across from Five Point’s Gallery downtown, The Honey Bee Florist specializes in unique, one of a kind arrangements for all occasions. From weddings and sympathy- to those just because moments, Bernard’s trendy arrangements step just outside ‘the box’.
Having spent many years in retail, Bernard is familiar with good customer service. Her outgoing personality, coupled with her ability to artfully tailor to the needs of each client brings a personalized element to each commission.
The Honey Bee Florist is open 5 days per week, and offers cards, chocolates and gifts such as Willow Tree Figurines, as well as arrangements for customer on the go. Her goal is to support the community downtown & beyond while providing her clients and customers with the highest quality in floral design.
Her plans for the future involve developing a 160 acre Torrington property that she and husband Lance Bernard recently purchased. Though it’s still in the planning stages, she hopes to grow local flora such as Peonies, Dalia’s, Roses, Sunflowers & Lavender. She explains in doing so her entire family will have the opportunity to participate.
Family involvement is important to Bernard as she wants to teach her kids “they can’t just ride through life”. Having a passion is important, and she tells me she’s “always challenging herself” – through doing so learns more and more each day.
Melissa’s husband Lance has played a key role in helping her to establish her business and retail boutique. As the superintendent of a masonry and concrete company, Lance has quite an eye for detail as well as woodworking – a passion he dabbles in after his 9-5. Lance’s work includes a beautiful counter made from reclaimed barn board and also a rustic hanging sign.
While we put a simple arrangement together in her shop, Melissa explains that she learned floral design in non-conventional way. It was her aunt that taught her about New England’s landscape, and spent a lot of time with Melissa in her garden. It’s Melissa’s hope to carry on her aunts legacy through the business.
I ask Melissa what makes a good arrangement, and her response is “uniqueness of shape and color”. Included in the arrangement she’s making for me is Hyacinth, Gerbera Daisy, Rosemary (a sprig she always includes for scent), Heather, Curly Willows, Scabiosa, and wax flowers.
There’s nothing better than the smell of a fresh bouquet to help guide me through the work week!
Phone Number: 860-601-3371