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Fresh & Local: Birdie

On a bright little corner in Norman sits a perfect little shop. With fresh cut Oklahoma grown flowers and beautiful potted plants you feel like you’re walking into the secret garden, but Birdie has so much more than just gorgeous flowers. Around every corner and in every nook this beautifully bright and airy shop has everything you could every want to find. One-of-a-kind prints and cards, sustainably minded kitchen accessories like aprons and tea towels, even a beautiful line of men’s and women’s clothing! Welcome to Birdie, our Fresh and Local feature of the month.

Birdie is at it’s most perfect in the spring. Fresh flowers fill the space and Katie, the owner and a fourth generation florist, is always busy creating awe inspiring arrangements and wonderful bouquets for local weddings and other spring events.

“I LOVED growing up in the back of the flower shop. They had a little wedding consultation area at the old shop, where my girlfriends and I would look through all the bridal books and dream up our weddings!  The greenhouses were a pretty magical place too. Looking out on a sea of red poinsettias at Christmas is super pretty.” -Katie

“My great grandmother, Prudence Mann, moved to McAlester, OK from Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  In 1920, widowed with four children, she helped her first son, Jack begin his plumbing business and after that she started her flower shop in 1924. She had orchids and African violets for her beginning inventory. Later in life she was honored with an orchid named for her, Prudence Cattleya. My grandfather took over the business and passed it to my dad and mother. My older brother now works in the business which is Mann’s Flower Shop and Greenhouses. Now, their main focus is growing and wholesaling plants to other flower shops in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma.” -Katie

From whimsical and fun, to clean and contemporary Birdie captures it all. One of my favorite parts of Birdie is the wonderful way that Katie uses her displays and how I never feel crowded, even as I’m surrounded by hydrangeas on one side and a beautiful selection of hand made soaps and scrubs on the other. Katies style is one of simplicity coupled with a passion for life and growth. What comes out is soft and bright with a great sense of home. When you come to Birdie be prepared to stay for a while because you can’t help but get comfortable.

“Growing up in the industry, I definitely was exposed to all sorts of design styles. My dad is an incredibly talented and technical designer and my mom has a creative flair that is perfectly her. I like to think my design style is a good combination of both with a little bit of natural and earthy thrown in.” -Katie

Sustainability is a focus for Katie and thus in Birdie you find a great selection of sustainably minded options. From recycled glass vases, to locally grown plants and cut flowers. Birdie seeks to impact the environment as little as possible.

“My third grade teacher, Mrs. Boyd, really impacted me when she taught us about the environmental issues. It’s always stuck with me. The floral industry has not always had the best reputation with environmental impact and labor conditions. However, in the past decade, lots of measures have been taken to make cut flower growing more sustainable as well as improved labor conditions for field workers in the US and Central and South America. Also, Birdie carries recycled glass vases, a good percentage of our cut flowers are grown in Oklahoma and we sell blooming plants grown at my families nursery.” -Katie

Welcome to Birdie, the shop with a heart and whole lot of sunshine. Thanks to Katie for taking the time to talk to us and share a little about the Birdie and her heart for sustainability. Remember to stop by anytime you’re in Norman. Birdie is a wonderful place to get away and disappear into a land of green and beautiful. Who knows you might find something you can’t live without, and if Katie is in you’ll leave with a new friend.

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P.S. In all of Katie’s “free-time” she’s also busy planning the Dustbowl Arts Market with her friends Dana Scott, and Reese Truesdell. Set out to create an event that encourages local commerce, builds community and promotes originality the Dustbowl is a bi-annual art and handmade market in Norman, OK.

The spring Dustbowl Arts Market is in conjunction with the Norman Music Festival. Plan to stop by Birdie and support other local handmade artists and musicians on Saturday, April 30th from 11pm-7pm.

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