About the Owner

In the summer of 2010, I merged my passion for nature and flowers and my love of fine art into a full service floral business aptly named, Art In Bloom. With over twenty-five years of experience in the floral industry, a fine arts degree in drawing and painting and a background in art education with Brighton Area Schools, my plan was to formulate a floral business that reflects my skills and talents, as well as provides a unique concept for clients.

Floristry is a part of the family and you can often find my mom in the studio creating corsages and boutonnieres or assisting customers. In the 1980’s and 90’s, Bea Flanigan owned her own flower shop in Plymouth Twsp, MI and I learned the basics of floral design and business ownership while working with my mom and attending EMU. Later I went on to manage three other floral businesses in the metro-Detroit area before pursuing my degree in art education.

Bridesmaids’ bouquets before delivery

My design philosophy revolves around working with the freshest seasonal materials available and combining them in a way that they look natural and organic. I feel compelled to source American grown flowers and use local resources whenever possible. For the past few years I have been working with two local flower farms in the Howell area and also sourcing fresh materials from my own cutting gardens. I prefer not to use floral foam (which is just not good for the environment or for humans) and most of my designs are created with a natural grid system in fresh water.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this page and I hope to talk with you soon!

25 Comments Add yours

  1. kim says:

    yes, here it goes…. I believe in you!!

  2. kim says:

    what an exciting time!!

  3. Jilly from Switzerland says:

    I have always admired your strength and courage, Missy. I know it will be a success. Will be popping in here for more from far but close.

  4. Julie says:

    Congratulations on your new adventure. I wish you the very best of luck. Can’t wait to look over the list of classes with Alex in the Fall!

  5. Congratulations Mrs. Flanigan! How wonderful for you to take on this new venture. My children, Lauren, Tommy & Rachel were prior students of yours and really enjoyed your classes. You may recall, I wrote a children’s book, which is about flowers which may be a great addition to your store. It sold quite well at Lucky Duck Toys in the past. The illustrations are very lively and vibrant. Check out my website if you are interested. In any event, my family and I wish you great success and I am sure we will be shopping at your store. Best of luck to you!

  6. Wendy says:

    I love being able to watch things unfold through this blog. And how nice that you got to spend time in the space yesterday, allowing your thoughts and dreams to take shape.

  7. Dick flanigan says:

    I just looked at the pictures of the store and I think it is perfect for what you intend to do with it. I am very proud of you and I know you will be successful. It is definitely the right time for this to happen.

    Love, Dad

  8. Tani B says:

    Trace, I am so excited for you! I love the whole idea of it all–flowers, art, teaching, showcasing artists, showcasing yourself 😉 I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring this site and getting reconnected with your amazing work. I am so proud of you and am positive that you are boldly and gracefully travelling down the exact right path. xox.

  9. Brian Flanigan says:

    I went by the store this weekend……..WOW. This location is going to be incredible, I can’t wait to drive by on weekends to see what you do with that display window!!!!!!!!!!! Your mind must be going 1000mph. Best of luck, your going to do great things with this I can see it…………. (:

  10. Gail Bohner says:

    I am so proud of you….it seems SO long ago that you were my student teacher! Now we’re both on to new adventures! I am so very excited about your new business and KNOW, from knowing you, that it will be a great success! Will be seeing you soon!! Love, Gail

  11. Maureen says:

    Yea!!!! Looks soooo good!!! I am truly happy for you.
    Hey, my daughter is getting married next May and I could use your expertise and suggestions. How convenient to have your store so close.
    Whoo-hoo have a blast girl!!!! xxxooo
    See you later today and tomorrow at 12:00.

  12. Brian Walker says:

    Way to go, Tracey!!! Good luck to you.

  13. Best of luck with your new business. Brighton needs a good art venue (flowers, too). Looking forward to seeing some nice art on your walls.

    Dennis Bruce Spencer

  14. Marilyn Grinnell says:

    Your shop is lovely. It’s a wonderful fit for downtown Brighton. I am honored that you’ve included my work. I look forward to your class at the Hamburg Township Library on Saturday, May 7, 2011.

  15. Marilyn Grinnell says:

    Date change… Tracey will be conducting a lovely spring floral arrangement class and will provide great decorating tips at the Hamburg Township Library, our Lunch & Learn Series, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 11:00am-1:00pm. She will not be coming to the library in May, as originally planned. You are encouraged to bring a lunch. At one of our Lunch & Learn series, a thoughtful patron invited her best friend who was having a birthday. She packed a picnic basket of delicious food and the 2 of them had a lovely time celebrating the special day, enjoying each other’s company and learning an interesting craft, iris paper folding.

    1. Art In Bloom says:

      Marilyn…I’m looking forward to conducting this course and being a part of Hamburg Library’s Lunch & Learn Series. Thanks for inviting me! More info to come after the first of the year.

  16. Lizzi Day says:

    Beautiful shop and posts. I am so excited that the store is going well, Ill get down there one of these days soon to visit. Congrats:)

  17. Karen Weber says:

    Tracey, It was so nice to see you and your store last night – the children and I enjoyed it. You have been an important part of their art world in their early years, and I am happy that you are extending your talents and creativity to the community at large. It is a wonderful addition to the downtown scape. We wish you the best of luck and will be popping in often to see you. I love your site!

  18. Cheryl says:

    Thank you Tracey for working with me on my order. My mom is thrilled with her arrangement for her 85th birthday.

    1. Art In Bloom says:

      Cheryl…Thank you for letting me use my creativity in designing your mom’s arrangement. I’m so happy to hear that she liked it!

  19. Lisa Jarrell says:

    Hello Tracey,
    It was nice speaking with you yesterday. I look forward to meeting you in person, exploring your wonderful place, and working with you to see which of my artwork compliments your style!

  20. Cheers and Good Luck… may we both find success in our business ventures! Memories from high school tells me that we talked about dreaming of being our own boss… and here we both are… where we were then… you in art and me in child care… how awesome is this?

    PS… I loved the funky version of “Love Her Madly” on your valentine’s smilebox… memories of us dancing around my cottage 🙂

    PPSS… I will get to your shop sometime soon… I promise… my mom and sister both say it is a beautiful place.

  21. Samantha says:

    Good afternoon,

    My name is Samantha, and I was given your contact information regarding your lovely flowers you create for weddings. Wanted to get a price quote on what to expect? Also, if you were available on our date which is 11/11/18.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon,

    1. Art In Bloom says:

      Hi Samantha,
      Thanks so much for your inquiry about my floral services for your upcoming wedding! I do have your date available on my calendar at this time and would love to discuss flower options with you.
      I will send you an email directly so that you can fill in a Wedding Details Form.
      Congratulations on your engagement!
      Tracey Flanigan

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