By Robert Medley
As a young girl, Tammy Samples always looked forward to decorating around the house and doing arts and crafts for her family.
“As a kid, I always enjoyed decorating for Christmas and making crafts at home, you know, for my mom and my dad,” Samples said.
She was not much of a gardener, though, but she loved flowers.
“I can’t keep things alive in my garden. But one year, I decided to help out a flower shop around Valentine’s Day. It kind of gave me a good taste of it, and I realized I liked it and enjoyed it,” she said, recalling working at Heart Strings in Mustang.
After working for other flower shops in Oklahoma City she decided to let her own business bloom.
Samples opened Simply Samples Floral Design in the newly-built Leelas Plaza II at 836 Garth Brooks Blvd. Suite 200 on Oct. 2 just in time for the Christmas and holiday season.
The biggest time of the year for flower shops is Valentine’s Day, followed by Mother’s Day and then Christmas coming in third busiest of the year for florists, she said. She can sell poinsettias to those who want them this season, she added. She spoke about her new business with her friendly dog Cooper at her shop on a recent weekday.
“I’ve always lived in Oklahoma. I was born in Oklahoma and raised in Oklahoma City. I moved to Mustang about ten years ago,” she said. She has lived in Yukon for about two years.
“Previously I worked in a few shops around the Oklahoma City area,” she said.
She took a break from flowers for about two years before opening Oct. 2. She said her husband Jarrod Samples has helped get the business started.
“He has been a big part of getting this place ready,” Tammy Samples said.
Samples is now offering fresh and silk flower arrangements for any occasion, weddings, birthdays.
“You name it, I can do it,” Samples said.
She said she can deliver across the Oklahoma City area.
“From Yukon, Edmond to Norman, El Reno to Midwest City,” Samples said.
She also can make candy bouquets, gift baskets, stuffed animals, gourmet chocolates, and plants.
To reach Simply Samples call or text Tammy at 405-625-3850.