Pretty Pop-Up

Waysides flower market blooms on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District
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Photos by Melanie Warner Spencer

 

In September of 2021, floral artist Tippi Clark started her floral design studio and began working out of a garage space at 1526 Magazine St.

“I would be loading in buckets of flowers to prep for weddings and events through the garage door and pedestrians on the sidewalk would try to buy my flowers,” says Clark.

In early 2019, Clark ­— who is originally from Opelika, Alabama — says she left her 9 to 5 corporate fashion career in New York to become a full-time floral artist in the South. Clark’s technical design work in handbag and accessories for brands including Marc Jacobs and Kate Spade, as well as launching a denim line for Rebecca Minkoff compliment her new venture. Until recently, Clark has avoided operating as a retailer, choosing instead to focus on client-based projects.

In November of 2020 however, Clark gave passersby what they craved, opening the garage as a pop-up, which will run through the end of February. The garage is preceded by a flower-laden and adorable tiny truck, Willie Waysides Nelson — a nod to Clark’s time spent in Austin, Texas — which serves as part of the “build your own bouquet” option, which continues inside the shop.

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Photos by Melanie Warner Spencer

“We try to have a variety of flowers to choose from inside and outside,” says Clark. “We also have a selection of plants from Tiny Nest Botanicals, local curated ceramics from all over Louisiana, alongside dried floral wreaths and special fresh citrus wreaths for the holidays.”

Ceramics by artists at New Orleans Clay Collective Clark perch atop a table in the middle of the shop and fresh wreaths adorned with citrus and other natural elements line white walls. Individual flowers corralled in buckets throughout the space complete the urban flower market vibes. Art by additional local artists, including pressed botanical works by Preservation Press, jewelry by The Crypt Flowers and Kate Grace Bauer, food, fashion magazines, The New York Times and Wallstreet Journal and juices by Antidote Juice, as well as greeting cards to round out the offerings. Clark says her passion for floral design comes from her mother, who named her after model and actress Tippi Hendren.

“I grew up with a mother truly inspired by Martha Stewart during the ‘80s and ‘90s — and my mother did catering as a hobby for big events, she made elaborate floral tablescapes and crudité tablescapes,” says Clark. “It always stuck with me, I was awed by it. Watching someone pore through books and magazines, take inspiration and make it happen with your own touch.”

Visit Waysides at 1526 Magazine St. or online at waysides.co.

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Photos by Melanie Warner Spencer

 

P.S. You won’t want to miss the Holiday Market at The Chloe on Dec. 14 from 3 to 8 p.m. Gather around the backyard pool for goods and good times with local vendors, including Oxalis Apothecary, Gray Bird Baking Co., Jamell Tate, Piety + Desire, Spirit Closet, Vinti, Baldwin & Co., Iris 1956 and more. Cubs the Poet will also be on hand and there will be music by DJ Felice G from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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