Tilted Tulip expands as it nears 2nd birthday
Tilted Tulip in Mott is nearing its second birthday and has expanded its services since opening in May 2017.
In addition to coffee, baked goods and lunch, it now offers catering with homemade food. The Tulip has done catering for organizations such as museums and golf courses, and also hosted Christmas parties and baby showers at their location.
"It's just a nice space for people to rent and come and gather," said owner Aryn Hansen. "They can kind of customize it to how many people they want."
They also started renting tuxedos.
"There's no place in town that does them, and the flower shop before used to do them," Hansen said. "We do corsages and boutineers, so I thought that would be a nice addition to help. If people need it for weddings or anything like that, then they won't have to travel out of town."
Fireworks were added to the repertoire last year, and they hope to expand them this year.
"The flower shop used to also do it. It's really fun. It's a nice little addition," Hansen said.
The Tilted Tulip still sells items by local artisans, and they've added handmade items of their own. They experimented with making leather earrings, found they enjoyed it and plan to make more.
They now offer personalized gifts, like coffee mugs with names on them. The Tulip takes requests and uses vinyl stickers or paint to design the unique gifts.
They sell coffee beans, greeting cards, specialty cakes, gift baskets and soon they'll have Tilted Tulip t-shirts for sale.
In the future, Hansen said she'd like to upgrade their kitchen equipment and flower coolers, as well as offer more drink options. She's working on obtaining a wine license to offer wine and dessert pairings. They're also going to offer more smoothies this summer.
"We have them. It's just they're not on the menu, so we're going to expand the menu and do smoothies," she said. "We're going to have everything more organized so everyone knows what products we do offer."
Hansen said she's learned a lot during her couple of years as a business owner.
"This Valentine's Day went a lot smoother 'cause now we finally have a year under our belt. We kinda know what to expect. I feel like we're getting in the groove of what to expect, what not to expect. We're learning more this year," she said.
When Hanson opened the store, she envisioned a hangout place with a "nice, relaxing atmosphere."
"I knew that I liked visiting with people, and I knew that I liked helping people, and I knew that I liked coffee and flowers, so I just ran with it I guess," she said. "I knew there was something that a small town needed, and with more of the younger kids my age moving back and raising their families here, they needed a place to hang out, something different."
Students, friends and families come in and play board games and card games that the store provides.
"Some of the high school kids, they come in and sit and play games for a couple hours. (There is a) couple families that come in on Saturdays and sit and play. ... Instead of (being) on the phone or on the TV, (it's) something to do together," Hansen said.
Hansen said she is lucky to live in such a supportive community.
"Without the community, we wouldn't really have anything. The community has been really good to me, really supportive. It's a good little town," she said.