Midtown urban flower farmers to celebrate grand opening of storefront in Cooper-Young

What’s happening: A micro-urban flower farm first seeded in the backyards of Midtown in 2021 is sprouting up in Cooper-Young with the opening of their first brick-and-mortar storefront. Midtown Bramble & Bloom will celebrate their grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 16, which coincides with the 35th annual Cooper-Young Festival.
Corey Franklin and Marisa Mender-Franklin.
What it is: Midtown Bramble & Bloom is owned and operated by the wife-and-husband team of Marisa Mender-Franklin and Corey Franklin. Rather than utilizing one large plot of land to farm their flowers, Marisa and Corey have built a network of nine Midtown neighbors, where the flowers grow in each of their backyard gardens. Leading up to the opening of their storefront, Bramble & Bloom flowers could be found at local farmers markets, and ordered online for local deliveries or pick-ups at Urban Earth Nursery in Midtown.

What’s planned: The brick-and-mortar storefront means that Bramble & Bloom will be able to expand upon their offerings with the addition of grab-and-go arrangements, a make-your-own-dried-flower bar, seasonal bulbs, seed kits, and more. Workshops and garden, landscaping, and weeding consultations are also planned at the new space. These additions complement their bouquet subscriptions, wedding and event florals, botanical bath salts and soaps, and more.

What they’re saying: “I have always dreamed of having a shop to host workshops and to get the design work out of the house,” says Mender-Franklin. “It was not the plan to do it this year, but we seized the opportunity to be close to our biggest farm and our home. We have great neighbors and a wonderful landlord, the Cooper Young Community Association. We were very grateful that the board of the association chose us for the lease of our new space.”

Midtown Bramble & Bloom is located at 2294 Young Ave. in Memphis and will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Wednesday through Sunday.

The 35th annual Cooper-Young Festival takes place in the historic district on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The outdoor event features art and craft vendors, live music performances, and more.

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