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Voices Discovered: Sami Price

April 30, 2018

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.

Photography by ZoZo Photography

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!

Photography by ZoZo Photography

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?

A.

  1. Jump at every opportunity that presents itself, if it makes your heart beat fast.
  2. Always trust your gut.
  3. Be kind and compassionate, it will get you very far.

High Point Favorites

Q: Restaurant you can’t get enough of?

A. Blue Water Grille

Q: Favorite place to grab a drink?

A. Real Kitchen and Market

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

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