Originally Posted in the Toronto Star
February 13th, 2021 – Some will say that Kitchener doesn’t have a vibe or that it’s simply a suburban city in southwestern Ontario. But Kitchener is a city with history, personality and grit — one that is being driven by its close-knit community, even in the face of change.
Tina Sharpe, owner of Living Fresh Flower Studio (20 Queen St. S.), reinforces that point when talking about the eight years she’s spent in the city’s downtown core as part of a mom-and-pop shop ecosystem. Connected to the historic Walper Hotel, Sharpe’s shop and studio offers an elevated approach to bespoke floral design, and carries a curated assortment of local finds. “The small business owners are very supportive of each other,” says Sharpe, crediting that sense of community as a major reason that her business has been able to remain afloat during the pandemic.