After 12 years in the heart of LoHi, Erin Hornstein is trading the fast-developing neighborhood for calmer waters: Wash Park.
Plum Sage Flowers moved last week from 2323 W. 30th St. to 285 S. Pearl St.
Owner Erin Hornstein said the Highlands had become too saturated and parking was increasingly difficult.
“The Highlands have changed,” she said. “It’s nice to have breathing room.”
The florist moved to a 1,500-square-foot house with a front lawn and black fence near the corner of Pearl Street and Alameda Avenue. Hornstein said she liked the charm of the West Wash Park neighborhood and its central location.
She owns the former two Highlands units and has started renting them out as residential.
Hornstein purchased the property on Pearl Street in July for $485,000, according to property records. The former occupant was a marijuana grower, but now different kinds of plants fill the two-story house.
Every Wednesday new flowers fill the workspace – a converted living room and dining room.
Hornstein’s favorite flowers of the moment are dahlias, which are sourced form Arrowhead Dahlias in Platteville and CityGal Farms in Lakewood. She began arranging flowers part time at a floral shop while attending the University of Colorado Boulder.
Now the company has grown to a staff of three full-time employees with 20 contracted workers.
Hornstein said weddings make up 75 percent of the business, and can cost $5,000. Plum Sage does about 130 weddings annually. The company also decorated the Denver Debutant Ball at the Brown Palace Hotel last winter and will again this year.
Another florist, Flower Power, is moving one block west of its current location at 2101 E. Virginia Ave. this November.