We had the good fortune of connecting with Meredith McNeely and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Meredith, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Pointer’s Petals evolved over many years as a true passion developed into a business at the start of March 2020, amidst the Covid Pandemic. The hope behind this business is that individuals would have the opportunity to share love, light and life to friends and family through the gift of floral arrangements as a “Just thinking of you” to a “Happiest Birthday” celebration.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Following college graduation from Baylor University, I began to work as a Certified Child Life Specialist at Parkland Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This grew my love for little ones and my passion behind caring for others which bloomed into a pursuit of a nursing degree. I returned to Baylor University where upon graduation, joined the staff at Children’s Medical Center as a bedside nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. This was an invigorating and incredible position to work alongside the smallest of children caring for their every need while they fought for their lives. I then transitioned to Scottish Rite Hospital as a Nurse Coordinator for the Chief of Staff. Throughout this season I often turned to floral arranging to bring light and life to spaces around me amidst a high stress work environment. I pursued this interest and was gifted a trip to Flower School of New York, which I attended in early 2020. This was the key to learning all things floral from how to select, condition, and arrange florals. We were also educated on how to pursue creating and growing a business. Little did I know, I’d be beginning this journey just a few short weeks later!
While the role as a nurse brought great joy and purpose in my life, we felt when hoping to start a family, finding a career path of less intensity might be something I could pursue as a mother. Here we are today, running a floral business that grew from great passion to bring light and life to others. While not bedside, I do feel this brings great joy and purpose to our community!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
What a fun question! We would start with a grabbing a coffee and a pastry at Village Baking Co. off Knox. We would then take a stroll around Knox Henderson hitting a few favorites including Mashburn for a little window shopping which always leads to a fun take home find. If feeling like a workout is in store, we’d change into our tennis shoes and walk the Katy Trail. We might even venture down to a tennis court and play for a bit.
We’d venture to R&D for dinner. We’d sit on the patio for hours enjoying each course alongside a cocktail or glass of wine. The wonderful staff to make your experience full and fun. We’d stop by Trova for a glass of wine while we wait.
For a relaxing Saturday, we’d start the day at Le Bilboquet for a delicious brunch!
After brunch we would head to to either The Ritz or The Joule for a spa day! This afternoon would be full with all things relaxation. To end this cozy day, we’d head back to Preston Center to visit Il Bracco for a long dinner, again sampling from each course.
Sunday would include a visit to the Arboretum, maybe a pop by the DMA or Nasher for a little art fix and a lovely lunch at Bistro 31. We might walk through Highland Park Village to peruse and finish our weekend with a dinner at Sister!
A few more on my list to try are DL Macks and Fachini.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband, Justin McNeely, for encouraging me to pursue this dream wholeheartedly. For also being the hands and feet behind the business, all things financial go directly to him! My family and friends as well as the Dallas Community for sharing these arrangements with others. Word of mouth has been the key growth factor for this loved business.
Facebook: Pointers Petals
Other: Email: PointersPetals@gmail.com
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