INDIANAPOLIS — Two college friends work to grow their floral business in the Fletcher Place neighborhood.
Meet Jake and Jake, better known as The Flower Boys.
The story starts with Jake Smith's grandfather. He was a Dutch farmer known for growing gladiolas.
The green thumb was passed down to Jake's parents who operate a floral business in neighboring Ohio.
Then it moved to Jake and his friend, Jake Rupp.
The friends and full-time realtors wanted to go into business together and kept coming back to the blooms.
In 2017, they brought their business, The Flower Boys, to the City Market where they sold florals and worked weddings and events for years.
But the pair wanted to be more grounded, and stumbled upon a space in the Fletcher Place neighborhood.
It was an abandoned building that they transformed into a flower shop, with a stem wall as the centerpiece.
They have a team of experts on hand like Mel Lahti, their event and retail manager, to assist you in creating your own bouquet.
Mel walked us you through some steps for making those stems look extra special:
Walk-ins are welcome here at The Flower Boys. They have a cooler full of pre-made arrangements, a co-working space, classes and workshops, the stem wall and more.
You can find them on social media or online.