Haverford Native Makes Business Bloom
The co-owner of a popular nearby flower shop planted the seeds of success while she was still in school.
Patch wants to get to know the owners of Bryn Mawr Flower Shop, a long-run local florist and a staple in Bryn Mawr. Get to know these owners below.
Names: Kimberly Sanborn and Robert Roth
Owners of: Bryn Mawr Flower Shop
Year Established: 1981
Hometowns: Both grew up in the area. Sanborn grew up in Havertown and attended Haverford High School. Roth grew up in Broomall and attended Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill.
Earlier Stints: Sanborn started working at a local flower shop merely as an after-school gig. When she went to college, she stayed with the flower shop and decided to work at Bryn Mawr Flower Shop instead of teaching.
Roth started off as a flower delivery guy at Alvin's Flowers in Broomall and started designing flowers at a bouquet shop in Bryn Mawr. He then went back to Broomall and worked at Lori's Flower Basket. "The owner at Lori's told me about this vacant spot open in Bryn Mawr and said that at the time there was only one flower shop in Bryn Mawr, so I took that chance," said Roth.
Favorite Flower Arrangements to Make: Both Sanborn and Roth said the "garden-style" arrangements are their favorites—"lush and filled with flowers."
Least Favorite Flower Arrangements to Make:
Sanborn—"Funeral designs. I like doing small, detailed work more than big showy pieces."
Roth—"I don't have one I don't like making. They're all fun to make."
What do you like about the area?
"The loyalty," said Sanborn. "We've had people come in and tell all their friends about us throughout the years."
"The best thing is the people. The people like and appreciate flowers here," said Roth.
Plug: This long-standing florist has been named the "Best of the Main Line" many times. They also sell little gifts besides flowers.