Upon arrival, my senses are immersed in a whirlwind of roses and peonies. Briefly looking around, flowers in shades of flaming oranges and yellows line the walls, as though someone captured the glow of a beautiful fall sunset and encased it on stems. The brightness and bloom of this contemporary Denver flower shop is undeniably infectious.
Kam Snyder is the successful owner and operator of Flower Power, located near Washington Park in Denver. Her philosophy on flower presentation is uncomplicated and refreshing. “When creating an arrangement, I like for the flower itself to be the main focus.” She shows me pictures of some of her past bouquet designs: European-style, short-stemmed, tight and without fillers. “I’m not a fan of busy arrangements. The simplicity and impact of a bouquet without fillers is often more stunning than an overly-designed arrangement.”
Her clientele range from individuals, small businesses and large corporations. Her events run the gamut as well, as she prepares arrangements for birthday parties, anniversaries, business fundraisers, funerals and the like.
When it comes to giving, Kam is no stranger. I asked her to share one of her most memorable experiences with customers. She reflects quietly. “Perhaps working with the Children’s Hosiptal and the Gathering Place of Denver.” For years, Kam has provided flowers for several corporate events and fundraisers for the hospital and the Gathering Place, the latter of which is Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for individuals who are experiencing homelessness and poverty.
“Seeing the smiles on the faces of the children and their families [when they see the arrangements] is just amazing. Giving gives me great joy.”
I go on to ask her about her favorite flower. “That’s hard. Each flower has such unique qualities. But I would have to say the hydrangea. It’s such a happy, full flower that comes in so many colors! And it dries beautifully.”
I finally asked about a highlight of her business. “The connection I have with my customers. it’s nice to know the names of customers, their families and businesses. As a business, I wouldn’t want to grow so big that I lose that personal connection. It’s key.”
2101 East Virginia Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80209
Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.