Although she still can’t quite believe it, Jodie’s first job was in a bank. Her second was in fashion. But then she met and worked for “Maurice the Florist” and that’s when she knew the flower thing was for her. It brought back childhood memories of flowers and people and she was hooked.
Well, hooked until the travel bug got hold of her and soon backpacking, snowboarding and rollerblading (yes, rollerblading, remember it?) took over. Of course, Jodie combined this with floristry and was fortunate enough to work for the renowned Knightsbridge florist, Caroline Dickenson as well as the Savoy Hotel where she was responsible for all hotel, event and guest flowers.
Returning to Sydney with NO money, Jodie spent some time working and saving to start her own florist and in January, 1999 jodie mcgregor flowers opened its doors to customers for the first time. A bunch of beautiful water lilies were the first flowers sold.
Since then, Jodie has expanded the business, knocked down walls to make the shop bigger and employed a fantastic team of florists to help her. When not in the shop or working on it from home, Jodie loves spending time with her two gorgeous girls, Pirra and Remi and her husband Stu (sometimes). Whenever time allows, you will find her swimming, hunting for unique childrens clothing or at the beach.
Bri is a two-timer. But in a nice way. You see, the thing is she's got her very own dead cool, drop dead gorgeous fashion label, Secret Squirrel. However, she is a true flower addict and just can't give up on her love of all things floral. She loves looking at flowers, smelling them, buying them, making things with them and, thankfully for us, selling them! So, Bri comes and plays with the flowers on Mondays where she installs flowers at all our corporate accounts. Then she backs up again to look after all our Saturday regulars at the Annandale store.
What is there to say about Justine? To start with, don't call her Justine. 'Cos on day one she told us she likes to be called Juzzy G. So that's what we do - even though we don't believe in anyone giving themselves their own nickname. Anyway, Juzzy G got her start in floristy with one of our mates and a true icon in the flower industry, Angie Summers. Since working with us, Juzzy has got involved in it all, doing weddings, corporates, the retail shops and markets. Justine is a legend on the netball court and (you know, this is going to sound real cheesey) truly believes in living life to the full.
Like Bri, Ange is a real flower lover. It's a real buzz watching these two unpack the flowers straight from the growers and listening to their "oohs" and "aahs" as new season fleurs arrive. Despite being a young'n Ange has years of floristry experience as she believes in doing what you love. And she loves flowers, so it's what she has always done. And the benefits are clear for the jmf team and our clients as Ange puts together gorgeous bunches with her own whimsical style. When not doing the flower thing, Ange loves getting down to Bargo to see her folks or checking out the best Sydney has to offer with her bloke, Anthony.
Stu has a background in banking and finance and did the smart thing and took paternity leave when he and Jodie had their first daughter Pirra. That was in 2002 and since then he has hung about the shop trying to look busy. No-one is quite sure what he does though as he can’t put a bunch of flowers together, nor can he wrap them. Despite this, he’s more than happy giving his opinion on everything and anything. A real help in the shop is ol’ Stu.
When not trying to look busy in the shop, Stu loves hanging out with his little man, Carter Brown and gorgeous girls Pirra, Remi and Jodie (and his mum, Maxy – she’ll love getting a mention). Like everyone else he loves catching up with friends and if there was more time in the day and he could remember how to do it he’d go snowboarding all the time.