Ambiance Flowers & Rentals
820 N. 10th St. McAllen, TX and 1514 N Closner Blvd. Edinburg, TX.
What motivated you to start this business?
The opportunity to open this business fell on my lap in early 2007. I always thought it would be a fun side business, but this hobby grew to the point where I had to leave my full time job in banking. This business fulfills my need to create beautiful things. It also allows me to be a part of beautiful celebrations, which is hugely gratifying.
What is the history of your business?
In 2007, someone offered to sell some chairs and tables to me. Soon after I was buying containers for new event inventory. Our business started to set trends and it was growing at a fast and steady rate. I realized that in order to become a major player in the industry, my textile inventory (linens, linens, drapes, etc.) would have to match my furniture rental offerings. That’s when I decided to buy one of my major competitors.
Our business became a leader in floral design, furniture rentals and textile inventory. We are a one-stop-shop for any event or celebration.
What product/special services do you offer?
In short, event florals and rentals. More specifically, we do centerpieces, backdrops, provide tables, chairs, linens, charger plates, dinner napkins, church decor, etc. Most of our business derives from weddings, corporate events, first communions, baptisms, bridal and baby showers, galas, graduations and dances.
What makes your business product/service standout from the rest?
Although there are other businesses that offer rentals and flowers in the Rio Grande Valley, our customers like the sophistication and elegance of our design – less is really more. As we curate our furniture or linen selection, even our flowers, we look for natural and implicit beauty. Quality over bling, some would say.
As a small business owner, what does business mean to you?
This answer is probably not what one would expect to read in this type of interview, but I will reply as candidly as I can. Earlier on, this business was so intertwined with my own identity. It gave me purpose and a big sense of fulfillment. However, during the pandemic, the business became fragile. Far from providing for my family, it sucked away our savings. This business continues to provide a great deal of satisfaction, but ultimately, it’s a job. It is one of many ways to make a living. Tomorrow I could do something else, and at my core, I will be content.
Are you involved in any initiatives that give back to the community?
Absolutely! Every week we meet with non-profit organizations to brainstorm on ways to make their events beautiful, while getting the most bang for their buck. In addition, our business donates thousands of dollars in in-kind donations and auction items. We are proud of the work that we do because we support the organizations that do most to keep our community going. We are McAllen Proud!