By Caitlin Croft
Lately, in the Village of Ellicottville, there has been new business after new business. The latest opening is Flowers off the Farm located at 8-10 Washington Street through Ava Grace Fashions. (Which if you haven’t been to yet, you must check out on your next visit!) Nicole Polino of Mansfield has been growing two acres of flowers for arrangements for the past three years now. I got a chance to check out the shop and chat her up about out how this passion turned into a profession.
Walking in, the smell of fresh pine and lavender fills the air. The store is now featuring Christmas wreaths, poinsettias, lavender trees and Christmas cacti. “I have been growing flowers since I was a child, so it only made sense to make my passion my career,” said Nicole. There will be fresh cut flowers year-round. Also, this holiday season, she will be doing gift wrapping. I don’t know about you, but this is music to my ears— imagine shopping around Ellicottville and stopping in to talk with Nicole as she perfectly wraps each present.
“During the summer months, I will have hanging baskets, vegetable plants and whatever flowers are in season. I am also looking to start a ‘flower share’,” she said. This is similar to a farm share where instead of vegetables you get flowers. It will be highly customizable, and you can do weekly or monthly. Nicole advises to check social media this spring for details.
Currently, Nicole is having two green houses built so that she can carry summer flowers year-round. In addition to what the shop offers, custom orders are always welcomed and she delivers!
“I have three hardworking farmboys for sons who love to help their mother in the garden,” Nicole said. “It has been amazing to pass on my love for farming to my children and see their excitement.”
When asking what the driving force to expand to a brick and mortar location was, Nicole stated, “There were many female business owners in town who encouraged me to open my own shop. I have been doing a lot of the flower arrangements for the weddings at HoliMont for a few seasons now along with arrangements for so many in the area; it only made sense to expand.”
She added that, “It has been overwhelming the support I have received from the community and looking forward to the future!”
Flowers from the Farm will be open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., but you can always get a hold of Nicole at (716) 258-8655. “I will be having a grand opening soon, so keep an eye out on Facebook and Instagram.” @flowersoffthefarm for Instagram and Flowers off the Farm on Facebook.
This is yet another great addition to this beautiful little village, be sure to put Flowers off the Farm on your list for the next jaunt to Ellicottville!