Jada Pyper has spent her life loving designing flower arrangements.
She was obsessed with drawing daisy chains around her wrist and ankles as a child, and she even helped her mother at her flower shop 15 years ago. After her mother’s shop closed, Pyper would prepare arrangements for her friends’ weddings as gifts and she would perpetually arrange centerpieces at her home.
It wasn’t until the coronavirus pandemic – and the downtime that came with it – that the 37-year-old mother decided she’d rather spend her time arranging flowers as a business than working as a manager at Costco.
Following her dream, Pyper founded The Vibrant Daisy, a Sioux Falls flower shop that specializes in atypical flower and vase arrangements. She opened the shop in June of this year.
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“It’s nice to do something everyday that you’re passionate about instead of just working for a paycheck,” Pyper said. “It just felt like the right time.”
The Vibrant Daisy is based inside Pyper’s home in southeastern Sioux Falls. Her house is filled to the brim with vases, supplies and flower storage for clients. Even though it’s crowded, it feels more like home than ever.
“Between the coolers and vases and my desk and all the cabinets filled with supplies, the house isn’t much of a house. It’s more of a flower shop,” Pyper said. “It got a little out of control, but I love it.”
Pyper is searching for a commercial retail location to move operations outside of her house.
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Her work not only uses flowers as art, but involves unique vases that help create a dynamic arrangement. Vases range from human hands, faces, a bird on a branch and even a human heart, which she recently delivered to a nurse in a cardiology unit at Sanford.
“That’s not something you can call and get from someone else,” Pyper said. “I make arrangements with atypical flowers and vases that you can’t find elsewhere. I try to make my stuff unique.”