They say you can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl. That saying is at least true for Lauren Work Phillips, the owner of North Side store The Farmer’s Daughter. She grew up in Western Pennsylvania but eventually left to live in New York City. The city, however, left her longing for the simplicity and beauty of nature.
“I returned home to Pennsylvania with a vision,” says Phillips. “To create a business that allowed me to grow a variety of flowers to incorporate in my designs.”
Since moving back almost 10 years ago and starting The Farner’s Daughter, the sixth-generation farmer’s store has grown from a small event-only business to a full retail location servicing all-sized events, daily deliveries, and a botanically inspired gift shop.
“We love to focus on what’s in season and what’s local if possible,” says Phillips. “The product is stunning which really assists in the overall look and aesthetic. We take into account the client and the event to ensure we create a garden-inspired piece.”
Phillips and her team’s goal is to have flowers be an expression of who you are. Whether that means incorporating small like lavender in a bouquet for luck, or rosemary in a boutonniere for love, every piece is made with the buyer in mind.
“Being able to play a small part in someone’s happiness is the greatest honor,” says Phillips.This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.