We had the good fortune of connecting with Kae Saephan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kae, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started my business through encouragement from my husband as well as a good friend. Like most people, we were struggling with the pandemic. I wanted to help relieve the burden my husband had to carry but I was really hesitant. We were in the midst of covid and just wasn’t sure if that was a good idea. There were a lot of uncertainties and unknowns. However, if I had to be real honest, I was also afraid to fail. What if people hated my work? What if all my efforts were a complete waste? Lots of what ifs. I’m glad I didn’t let fear stop me 🙂 My kids are doing virtual learning so being my own boss has given me some much needed flexibility. They think I’m a full time chef haha! I have a day job but I love being a florist! I get to tap into my creativity without restrictions which is amazing!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m quite proud of stepping out of my comfort zone and putting myself out on social media platforms. Social media isn’t something I naturally gravitate towards, but I knew it would be crucial to get that type of exposure. It’s definitely been a learning process, but I’ve been able to build a very loyal customer base. The trust they have for me is not something I take for granted. I always put in my best effort to create something beautiful for them. I really love helping people and making people happy. I know it’s rare to be able to love what you do. However, as a florist, I get to do both, which is amazing! My artistry is what sets me apart from others. Being able to tap into my creativity without restrictions has allowed me to take more risks. My ability to blend colors and textures has been the key to my success. There are no boundaries when it comes to art. I put in a lot of time and effort as well a support from the community to get to where I am today. I’m constantly networking and making sure my business is present in all local social media platforms. The biggest challenge for me is finding the balance to be there for my family and the demand of my business. The biggest lesson l’ve earned is to stay true to myself and my abilities. There are lots of great florists, but I’ve learned to worry less about what others are doing. Obviously, I like to be aware, but I’m focused on doing my best. I love what I do and it shows in my work. That’s the most important thing to me and my customers. I’m just an ordinary mom who dreams of doing extraordinary things. And for me, that means bringing smiles one bouquet at a time.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh goodness! Where do I even start!?? Dfw has grown significantly since we moved here from California in 2005. Sports, entertainment, culture, and food, are second to none. Like me, all of my friends are foodies and coffee lovers. Downtown Frisco, although small, has a lot to offer. Summer Moon Coffee shop is my absolute favorite and would be our first stop. We’ll do a little shopping, go to an Escape Room, grab lunch and enjoy live music at the Rail. Next, would be the Star. Headquarters to the Dallas Cowboys and their training facility. In front of the Ford Center is a mini football field. You’ll often see kids running around and throwing football to one another. Adjacent are a variety of dinning options, even for the pickest eater. We’ll start at Heirloom Haul which is a really cute tea room and has a really neat flea style vintage shop. Dessert at Cow Tipping Creamery and let the kids runaround at the Ford Center to burn off some energy while the adults enjoy a delicous ice latte from The Daily Grinds coffee shop. It’s a great place to spend the day with family and friends. Legacy West has some of my favorite eateries. Breakfast at Toulouse is a must! Yes, more shopping!! You’ll see some familiar stores such as Sephora and Victoria Secret. We love taking the kids to Sprinkles for cupcakes! Legacy Hall offers a wide variety of food, drinks, and live entertainment making it a family favorite for lunch and dinner. Since my family and friends are from California, some comfort food would be good for the soul. Korean town in Carrolton has it all! Ramen at Hanabi, several boba shops to choose from but my favorite is 7 leaves cafe, a variety of dessert and pastry shops, shopping, and Korean bbq at Ari to round out the evening. I love for my friends to enjoy high tea at Edith’s French Bistro in our Sunday best. It’s so cute and the food is amazing! An afternoon hike at Arborhills, and nice quiet dinner at Eight-Eleven would be the perfect way to end the evening. A trip to Texas without trying Texas bbq is unforgivable! Pecan Lodge at Deep Ellum in Dallas is delicious and definitely worth the wait! I love exploring downtown Dallas and would want to take my friends there. The Dallas Art Museum is one of my favorite muesums, and then walk across the street for a picnic with a picnic at Klyde Park.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m truly grateful for all the support I have received since I’ve started my business, My husband, Alex, has been my single greatest supporter. He’s encouraging and constantly reminds me that doubt is simply a stepping stone. When I’m feeling uncertain, his calming presence has a way of simplifying everything. He is the rockstar in my life! The next person I would like to recognize is my dear friend, Shannon. With years of experience in starting her own business, she’s amazing at networking and launching businesses. She knew I had a talent and really pushed for me to put myself out there. It’s still a work in progress, but her guidance hasn’t been invaluable. Local social media groups has been essential to my success. Groups such as Frisco Area Business Mom’s, essentially, launched my business. It’s a wonderful place for local moms to share their businesses and support our local community.
Photography by Lenny Glick