"Just living is not enough," the celebrated Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen, once wrote. "One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."
You can find all three right here in Sunny Tsawwassen, and more specifically at Flowers Beautiful located in the heart of Rotary Square.
Christa Dannhauser is the sixth owner of the business, which has existed in Tsawwassen for over 35 years. She took over the floral shop in 2012 and has grown it to a staff of six with a full-time driver.
Although she has a business degree, Christa did not have a background in flowers. She chose Flowers Beautiful because she felt it would allow her to live a balanced life with her family.
To be environmentally conscious, Christa says she makes an effort to source as many local flowers as possible. Their cymbidium orchids are grown from a family-run greenhouse in Ladner.
The rest come from greenhouses scattered around the Lower Mainland, producing lillies, alstroemeria, mums (chrysanthemums), generas, and tulips. Some flowers are not native to Canada, regardless of the season, and so some imports are necessary from places like Hawaii, California, Mexico and South America.
It is said there is a flower for every occasion. With Mother's Day rapidly approaching, we ask Christa what flowers mom would love best.
"A long-lasting flower!" says Christa, laughing.
Typically, for Mother's Day she and her staff will create a mixed colour arrangement of bright, long-lasting flowers of mums, generas and roses. You can specially request tropical flowers as well.
Originally from South Africa, Christa lived on Bowen Island before settling in Tsawwassen, which she describes as being in the Lower Mainland but "away from the city."
"I didn't know it was sunnier when I came," she says, laughing.
It was important to be in a small community where she could get to know her customer base on a personal level.
"When people walk into your shop you know them by name and you know what they like and you know what their family likes. The downside is we don't have a big community so you are limited in your business scope. But that's OK. It's a good tradeoff."
Christa says Tsawwassen is a great place to raise a family. She lives in a bustling household with her husband, three children (9, 11, and 14) and two international students (both 15).
"I like the small town feel of Tsawwassen. Wherever you go, whether it's the grocery store or the beach or a sports field, you're going to bump into somebody that you know. So it's really hard to be lonely in a town like Tsawwassen."