Second Street Flowers history...
Tali Bouskila's history working in the floral trade stems all the way back to high school, starting with her first job at a local family-run florist shop. She describes her work there as a focus on work ethic and character-building - scrubbing buckets, cleaning flowers, creating boutonnieres and bows, and eventually designing floral arrangements.
While at the University of San Francisco and through years of travel, her work in the flower trade continued with emphasis on farm-to-table, sourcing and care for perishable goods, and a focus on sustainable and seasonal. Tali's interests grew, as well as her love of working with her hands, and she began considering making floral design her career. She signed up for floral design classes, reinforcing practical knowledge gleaned from working in her newly-chosen field, while providing perspective and structure from skilled designers of prior generations, including a renowned master of Ikebana a Japanese art of flower arrangement.
Five years ago Tali and her brother Chris created a pop-up florist event at an old firehouse in San Francisco, creating fresh arrangements and bouquets with seasonal flair, garnering instant popularity. This quickly flourished into a wedding and events-based florist, which they named Thistlesf. As they refined their approach, Tali brought her love of travel and respect for farm product and affinity for natural textures and vibrant color into her work. The design principle of movement resonates with her as she weaves garlands and bouquets that move through and hold space.
As Thistlesf business grew, so did the need for a brick and mortar space. Tali began to search for an appropriate location in the Bay Area, and increasingly found herself drawn to the proximity of the fields and farms which provide the branches and flowers for her work.
Which brings us to Second Street Flowers, named simply for being just that, a physical space, in which to support events and celebrations, to hold workshops and educations, for work and retail, a designer's studio, and a place to meet the community. Please stop by and say hello!