Celebrating 15 years in Vanier, Eric Cardinal reflects on how he ended up finding a job where he didn’t need to stop and smell the roses.
“I was influenced to be a florist after seeing a movie called Bed of Roses in 1996 starring Christian Slater and Mary Stuart Masterson. In the fall of ‘97, I joined Algonquin College’s floral program – I was the only guy in my class – and I graduated in ‘98, and began to work for multiple flower shops in Ottawa. But I always had Beechwood in mind to open my own business (and was) always keeping an eye out for potential spots. By the time I was ready to make my move, I had made an offer on this location (formerly a Co-operators insurance office). At that time, the plaza seemed to be pretty far removed from where most of the shops were on this street – this was pre-Bridgehead and Jacobsons. (It was only) The Works and the shops that were in my plaza. The shop officially opened its doors on Aug. 19, 2004, and our 15th anniversary is this year! It’s become more interesting of late with all the new developments coming to our street and I am looking forward to what the future has in store.”