Barbour Spangle had the pleasure of interviewing Sami Price, the owner of Just Priceless, in High Point, NC. It doesn’t get much better than a family owned business with flowers and gifts in the same place!
Q: How did you wind up in the flower business?
A. My mom had an in house flower business that she started after I graduated from college. She did weddings and showroom work. I helped her out when she was desperate. I helped prepare flowers, fill buckets, etc. – grunt work! I also didn’t mind copying floral designs, but never did one from scratch. MANY years later, I was on the hunt for a creative outlet to fulfill my artistic urges and signed up for a booth at the Junior League Holiday bazaar. I made faux wreaths, garlands, etc and at the last minute decided I needed something “REAL” in the booth! The BUG BIT!
Q: What type of career would you have in an alternate universe?
A. I would work as a Visual Display merchandiser for a company like Anthropologie or someone with a creative vision!!! My favorite thing to do! OR! I would do freelance wedding flower work….helping flower people I know (or know of, all over the US and Europe)!
Q: What do you wish you knew when first starting that you know now?
A. Retail is challenging and unpredictable.
Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A. I really get all the social interaction I need in a day of work
Q: Best career advice you have ever received?
A. Never put all your eggs in one basket.
Q: Favorite book (business or pleasure)?
A. The Help
Q: Best vacation you have taken?
A. A Dude Ranch when my children were young with my parents…we flew into Albuquerque and drove to Colorado via Santa Fe among other stops. It was wonderful.
Q: Where would we find you on a Sunday afternoon?
A. At HOME! I try to plan my Sundays spending time at home enjoying some R&R.
Q: What motivates you?
A. I am motivated and inspired by any artistic expression. Be it a painting, a piece of art work, architecture, magazines, a great store (I am totally a paper girl)!
Q: Your go-to cocktail (or mocktail)?
A. I’m a wine girl. However, I do love me a Gin and Tonic with lime!
Q: What makes you truly happy?
A. Spending time with my children! They are 26 and 29 and are fun, smart, loving, caring and keep me on my toes…and I think they actually like me!
Q: As you know, HPU is right here with incredible students looking to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams – what three pieces of advice would you give them?
- Jump at every opportunity that presents itself, if it makes your heart beat fast.
- Always trust your gut.
- Be kind and compassionate, it will get you very far.
High Point Favorites
Q: Restaurant you can’t get enough of?
Q: Favorite place to grab a drink?
Q: Excluding yours, what High Point company or business do you admire the most?
A. I admire all those that achieve the balance of work and pleasure that I truly can’t seem to grasp.
Q: Where would you tell a first-time visitor to High Point to go and why?
A. I would say visit when Furniture Market is going on because it is just unbelievable what all happens in this little town twice a year!
It was a pleasure speaking with Sami and we are honored to share her story here.
Discover our High Points,
The HP Discovered Team