Three girls who dared to dream of changing the story of their lives are opening their own business doing something they love: flowers.
Celebrate the opening of Southside Flower Market with owners Renee Koops, Missie Polakovich and Tracey Gerdeman. Each bring over 30 years of passion and experience in creativity, hospitality and management.
We keep an ever-changing selection of beautiful seasonal blooms and locally grown flowers and foliage in the shop. Our team is always on hand to create beautiful hand ties and bouquets on request. We specialize in a soft, romantic modern style of floristry design, focused on delivering beautiful color, texture and interest at a reasonable price. In addition, our flower shop has a beautiful selection of handcrafted local gifts.
Missie is a floral artist and mom with a long-held dream of starting her own business. Over the years, she has trained with the very best florists in the area. In October, 2017, Missie lost her husband, Jimmy, to a massive heart attack. The loss was devastating but together with her children, Alex and Jacob, they marshaled on with strength and living life to its fullest. With both kids grown and flown, she decided that the time had come to go for it and start that business that she’s always dreamed of owning.
Renee has managed locally well-known family owned businesses like Great Lakes Shipping Company, Rose’s Restaurant (Gilmore), Watermark Properties and Reserve GR (DeVos). Her passion for gardening began as a child from her Nana’s (grandmother) garden and trips to the Farmers Market with her. She carries on her Nana's love of gardening with her family and enjoys each year expanding with new varietals of flowers. Renee, her husband, Chris and son Cohen are ready for this next great adventure that she has been envisioning now for several years.
Tracey has been involved in the telecommunications field for over 30 years and brings her experience in business and technical operations to help round out the team. Tracey's Mom and Dad, Vi and Pete, passed on their love of gardens, flowers and working hard to do what you love.
Renee, Missie and Tracey are familiar faces around Grand Rapids and friends to many. Together as lifelong friends, they are coming back to their old stomping grounds opening their flower market in Breton Village Shopping Center. We are excited and look forward to seeing you in our store! Come visit or call us at (616) 427-0599
The cardinal you see in our logo and in our store is a symbol of our loved ones that have passed are watching over us and cheering us on!
We offer fresh cut stems you can choose yourself from the beautiful walk in cooler. Bring in a vase, like your Grandmother's vase, and we'll fill it with her favorite flowers. Or work with our design team to create a one of a kind arrangement for that special place in your home.
We offer a full range of bridal services from cash and carry to on site all day support. We will work with you to make this part of wedding planning easy!