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Business is Blooming at Blitz & Co Florist

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Great staff, years of experience, and a creative team that works well together—the secret to three decades of success for Tacoma’s Blitz & Co Florist.

Give the team an idea or a blank slate, says Blitz & Co owner Steve Barbazette, and all of a sudden, they’re creating something beautiful. “Not everyone can do that—see things in their head and make it come to life.” Many clients are looking for inspiration, he says. At Blitz, “a conglomeration of years of experience and experiences comes up with great ideas.”

Founder Marilyn Blitz started the business as a downtown setup of buckets of fresh flowers in an alley. In 1999, then under the new ownership and stewardship of Barbazette, Blitz & Co moved to its current location on a lively stretch of Pacific Avenue.

“It’s a nice town, with good clients,” says Barbazette. “Being around so long, you know the suppliers—the fresh flowers and the sources to get the right stuff. It helps a lot to get the freshest.”

Besides offering a large inventory of fresh flowers for traditional or contemporary arrangements, Blitz & Co specializes in tropical and other plants, European dish gardens, high-style floral arrangements, silk and dried arrangements, and wedding and funeral designs. And at Blitz, there’s more to gift-giving than flowers. The shop also carries an extensive gift selection, fruit and gourmet baskets, gift baskets, greeting cards and candles.

Blitz & Co boasts a diverse clientele, including wedding parties, both small and large; businesses and corporate events; hospitals and retirement communities. Diversity keeps the business flowing, says Barbazette. “It’s a fun business to be in, but it’s also one of the hardest. People say it’s one of the easiest to start, and one of the easiest to fail as well. Many think they can do it, but it’s a tough business.”

A tough business done beautifully by Blitz & Co Florist.

EMILY HAPPY

Blitz & Co Florist
909 Pacific Ave, Tacoma
253.777.3596
blitzflorist.com

New Neighbors Shopping Guide Pierce

Tacoma

Blitz & Co. Florist
Gifts & Home Décor
909 Pacific Ave
253.572.2327
blitzflorist.com

Brown & Haley
Candy & Confections
110 East 26th St
253.620.3067
brown-haley.com

Creative Forces
Gifts & Art
1320 Broadway Plaza
253.227.8871
creativeforcesgallery.com

LeRoy Jewelers
940 Broadway
253.272.3377
ljewelers.com

Selden’s Home Furnishings
Fine Furnishings & Home Decor
1802 62nd Ave E
253.922.5700
seldens.com

Tacoma Mall
Clothing, Jewelry & Dining
4502 South Steele St
253.475.4565
tacoma-mall.com

The Art Stop
Handcrafted Art, Jewelry & Clothing
940 Broadway
253.272.3377
artstoptacoma.com

Tree Co.
Home Décor
2416 South C St
833.855.TREE(8733)
tree.co

The Pacific Northwest Shop
“Made in the Pacific Northwest” Products
2702 North Proctor St
253.752.2242
pacificnorthwestshop.com

Ruston

Purpose Boutique
Apparel & Jewelry
5105 North Main St
253.292.0508
purposeboutique.com

South Sound Running
Active Gear
5109 Grand Loop
253.759.4779
southsoundrunning.com

Tree Co.
Home Décor
5111 Grand Loop
833.855.TREE(8733)
tree.co

Gig Harbor

Chalet In the Woods
Fine Clothing & Gifts
9406 74th Ave NW
253.851.8678
chaletinthewoods.com

The Garden Room
Gifts & Accessories
4729 Point Fosdick Dr NW
253.514.6033
facebook.com/thegardenroomgigharbor

Tickled Pink
Gifts & Accessories
3026 Harborview Dr
253.858.1751
tickledpinkgift.com

Uptown Gig Harbor
Unique Shops & Dining
4701 Point Fosdick Dr NW
253.851.4557
uptowngigharbor.com

University Place

Naturepedic Organic Matress Gallery
3550 Market Place W
253.320.8668
naturepedic.com/uplace

Puyallup

Johnson Jewelers
103 South Meridian
253.848.1332
johnson-jewelers.com

South Hill Mall
Retail, Movies & Dining
3500 South Meridian
253.840.2828
southhillmall.com

Sunrise Village
Dining, Shopping & Services
10305 156th St E
253.904.8923
mysunrisevillage.com

Watson’s Greenhouse & Nursery
Gift Shop & Nursery
6211 Pioneer Way E
253.845.7359
watsonsgreenhouse.com

Sumner

A Picket Fence
Home Decor, Gifts & Jewelry
1006 Main St
253.863.6048
apicketfence.com

Northlight Interiors
Home Décor & Design Services
1119 Main St
253.826.0339
northlightinteriors.com

Off the Beaten Path
Antique Treasures
1109 Main St
253.987.5632
myshoppingpath.com

Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse
Home Furnishings
13608 Valley Ave E
253.863.0422
oldcanneryfurniture.com

SugarBabies
Upscale Children’s Boutique
926 Main St
253.299.6221
shopsugarbabies.com

Business Partners

American Heart Association

Blitz & Company

Boys and Girls Club

Tacoma Arts Live

Capital Mall

Capital Medical

Carol Milgard Breast Center

City of Olympia

Clinics Without Walls

Commencement Bank

Courtyard Marriott Tacoma

Dance Theater Northwest

Diagnostic Imaging Northwest

Embellish Multispace Salon

Evergreen Eye Centers

Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center

Franciscan Doctors

Historical Fox Theater

Hands on Children’s Museum

Lacey Parks and Rec

Lakewood Playhouse

Land and Trust Company

Light Dental Studios

Mama Stortini’s

MultiCare Foundation

MultiCare Doctors

Museum of Glass

Nordstrom

Olympia Federal Savings

Olympia Farmers’ Market

Olympic Landscape, LLC

Olympia Orthopedic Associates

Saint Martin’s Gala

Selden’s Home Furnishing

Synergy Home Health

South Hill Mall

Savi Day Spa

Tacoma Mall

Tacoma Art Museum

TRA Medical Imaging

The Harmon Restaurant

The Hub Restaurant

Washington Center for the Performing Arts

Washington State Fair

Washington State History Museum

Water Street Restaurant

Women’s Resource

Zoobilee

Wedding Bliss at the Edgewater House

The inspiration for Haley and Alex’s wedding in July was to create a day filled with love, happiness, and fun. They wanted everything to look romantic, luscious, and whimsical. With that vision in mind, The Edgewater House in Olalla, was the perfect location. When you step foot onto the property, the ocean views take your breath away—it is a comfortable and very private space that also feels inviting and yet intimate.

“What made the day so special was knowing that we were marrying our soulmates and being surrounded by the people that love and support us,” said Haley Judson. The couple met when they were 17—at a mutual friend’s birthday party during their senior year of high school. “I thought he was so cute, and immediately came up with an excuse to talk to him. We then officially started dating nine months later,” said the bride.

When planning the wedding, the couple wanted to be sure that they had a DJ that was lively and kept the crowd dancing with great energy. They chose DJ Jeff Onorato with SG Mobile DJ Service. “He made the night memorable with all of his song choices and made sure the crowd was having a great time—especially during our group dances! He created a space that was fun, loving, and special. We all didn’t want our day to end—and he played an instrumental role in the event,” Haley recalls fondly.

LEAH GROUT

flowers & decor
Blitz & Co. Florist
blitzflorist.com

sound
SG Mobile DJ
sgmobiledj.com

photography
Devon Michelle Photography
devonmichellephotography.com

Fairy-Tale Wedding Love Story

When Emma Guffin and Sam Price envisioned a romantic yet whimsical fairy-tale wedding, they had no idea how wonderful it would be. “We looked at a lot of spots and finally we found the Cooper Creek Inn near Mount Rainier, and it was the perfect wood-inspired backdrop,” the bride said. The couple loves to spend time outdoors and camping together. In fact, Sam proposed to Emma on a camping trip.

“Once we found the location, we asked my mom to help with designing the decor and look and feel for the wedding and ceremony,” said Emma. The planning took place over a year. It was a romantic and whimsical time for all who attended. The bride’s mother, Debbie Guffin, said she had a wonderful time creating the ambiance for the event.

To create this spectacular fairy-tale wedding, the family worked with Blitz & Co. Florist in Tacoma. “This was one of the really amazing events that we had the opportunity to partner on and fulfill the wedding design ideas through floral and greenery applications,” said Steve Barbazette at Blitz.

“The wedding aisle was really long, so we had a daybed covered with greenery and lanterns and a guest book along the way,” the bride explained. “I love Pride and Prejudice so for the wedding program we used Jane Austen book covers. Everywhere you turned there was something new for guests to discover.”

During the wedding ceremony a string quartet played to enhance the romantic mood. As a creative touch, there was also a cigar bar down another trail and a love potion station where the couple did their wedding toast.

The wedding told a romantic love story. “It was so much more than we could have imagined,” said the new Mrs. Price. It seems love was truly in the air during the fairy-tale wedding in the forest.

LEAH GROUT

For Additional Information
Blitz & Co. Florist, Tacoma
blitzflorist.com

Kate Ames Photography, Portland
kateamesphotography.com

Services

services
Mud Bay (Click for story)
12 Locations in South Sound
mudbay.com

Duncan & Associates Insurance Brokers (Click for story)
Centralia, Lakewood,
Olympia and Shelton
800.228.8291
duncanins.com

BANKING SERVICES
Commencement Bank
1102 Commerce St, Tacoma 253.284.1800
commencementbank.com
Olympia Federal Savings
Seven locations in the South Sound
olyfed.com
Wells Fargo—Gig Harbor location
5501 Soundview Dr, Gig Harbor
253.858.5778
wellsfargo.com
LAW PRACTICE
Allen T Miller Law Offices
1801 West Bay Dr NW, Olympia
360.754.9156
atmlawoffices.com
Connelly Law Offices
2301 North 30th St, Tacoma
253.593.5100
506 2nd Ave, Seattle
206.816.300
connelly-law.com
Connolly Tacon & Meserve
201 5th Ave SW, Olympia
360.943.6747
olylaw.com
Ledger Square Law
710 Market St, Tacoma
253.327.1900
ledgersquarelaw.com
CREDIT UNION
America’s Credit Union
Several locations in the South Sound
253.964.3113
youracu.org
OBEE Credit Union
Five locations in the South Sound
800.642.4014
obee.com
WA State Employees Credit Union
800.562.0999
wsecu.org
REAL ESTATE AGENT
Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate
11821 Canyon Rd E, Puyallup
253.435.5500
bhgpc.com
Doug Walker
429 29th St NE, Puyallup
253.370.1690
newhomesforyou.com
Jeannine Roe, Greene Realty
1722 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia
360.528.4160
greenerealty.com
Sharon Benson
2209 North Pearl St,Tacoma
253.381.7447
sharonbenson.com
INSURANCE COMPANY
Altman Insurance
1025 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia
360.705.0466
altmanagency.com
Duncan and Associates Insurance
2111 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia
360.352.7588
duncanins.com
Fournier Insurance Solutions
5 Local South Puget Sound Offices: Montesano, Chehalis, Gig Harbor, University Place & Bremerton
fourniersolutions.com
CAR SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
BMW Northwest
4011 20th St E, Tacoma
877.730.3012
bmwnorthwest.com
Lakewood Ford
11595 West 6th Ave,
Lakewood 253.474.0511
lakewoodford.com
Olympia Nissan
Olympia Auto Mall, 2220 Carriage St SW, Olympia
360.754.5525
olympianissan.com
Rolf’s Import Auto Service
3122 96th St S, Lakewood
253.584.7770
rolfsimport.com
Titus-Will Ford
3606 South Sprague Ave,
Tacoma 888.600.9734
tituswillford.com
Toyota of Puyallup
1400 River Rd, Puyallup
888.928.1948
toyotaofpuyallup.com
JEWELER
LeRoy Jewelers
940 Broadway, Tacoma
253.272.3377
ljewelers.com
Panowicz
111 Market St NE, Olympia
360.357.4943
panowicz.com
Tacoma Custom Jewelers
2805 Bridgeport Way W, University Place
253.572.0508
tacomacustomjewelers.com
FLORIST
Blitz and Co. Florist
909 Pacific Ave, Tacoma
253.572.2327
blitzflorist.com
Capitol Florist
515 Capitol Way S, Olympia
360.357.5757
capitolflorist.com
PET STORE
Mud Bay
12 Locations in South Sound
mudbay.com
Wag Pet Store
2703 North Proctor St, Tacoma
253.756. 0924

PET GROOMING
Grateful Dogs
Grooming and Daycamp
1010 Homann Dr SE, Olympia
360.438.2284
gratefuldogsllc.net
Tacoma’s Best Pet Grooming
3411 6th Ave, Tacoma
253.756.7385
Charisma Dog Grooming
13507 Meridian E, Puyallup
253.445.2775
charismadoggrooming.com

Shopping Guide

Tacoma

Blitz & Co. Florist
909 Pacific Ave
253.572.2327
blitzflorist.com

Brown & Haley
110 East 26th St
253.620.3067
brown-haley.com

LeRoy Jewelers
940 Broadway
253.272.3377
ljewelers.com

Selden’s Home Furnishings
1802 62nd Ave E
253.922.5700
seldens.com

Tacoma Mall
4502 South Steele St
253.475.4565
tacoma-mall.com

The Art Stop
940 Broadway
253.272.3377
artstoptacoma.com

The Pacific Northwest Shop
2702 North Proctor St
253.752.2242
pacificnorthwestshop.com

University Place

Naturepedic Mattress Gallery
3556 Bridgeport Way W
naturepedic.com

Gig Harbor

Uptown Shopping Center
4701 Point Fosdick Dr NW
253.851.4557
uptowngigharbor.com

Auburn

Outlet Collection
1101 Outlet Collection Way
253.833.9500
outletcollectionseatlle.com

Kent

Kent Station
417 Ramsay Way
253.856.2301
kentstation.com

Puyallup

Johnson Jewelers
103 South Meridian
253.848.1332
johnson-jewelers.com

South Hill Mall
Retail, Movies & Dining
3500 South Meridian
253.840.2828
southhillmall.com

Sunrise Village
10305 156th St E
253.904.8923
mysunrisevillage.com

Sumner

Northlight Interiors
1107 Main St
253.826.0339
northlightinteriors.com

Off the Beaten Path
1109 Main St
253.987.5632
myshoppingpath.com

Old Cannery Furniture Store
13608 Valley Ave E
253.863.0422
oldcanneryfurniture.com

Simple Tidings & Kitchen
1115 Main St
253.863.7933
simpletidings.com

Olympia

Archibald Sisters
406 Capitol Way S
800.943.2707
archibaldsisters.com

Bittersweet Chocolates
513 Washington St SE
360.489.1812
bittersweetchocolatesllc.com

Capital Mall
625 Black Lake Blvd
360.754.8017
www.shoppingcapitalmall.com

Courtyard Antiques
705 4th Ave E
360.352.3864
courtyardantiquesolympia.com

Drees
524 Washington St SE
360.357.7177
dreesofolympia.com

Holy Lamb Organics
113 Thurston Ave NE
360.819.4293
holylamborganics.com

Panowicz Jewelers
111 Market St NE
360.357.4943
panowicz.com

The Popinjay
414 Capitol Way S
360.352.9841
facebook.com/popinjayoly

Lacey

Linnea’s Unique Boutique
6715 Martin Way E
360.570.3322
facebook.com/linneasdreamlacey

Centralia

Gracie’s
120-A South Tower Ave
360.623.1586
facebook.com/graciesfashions

HUBBUB
328 North Tower Ave
360.736.1517
hubbubshop.com