Although the recent call to stop large gatherings pushed back the Grand Opening of a new business in Downtown Milford, owner Anastasia Jackson of Cookie’s Paper Petals is excited for the opportunity to open her doors to the public in the near future. In the interim, the small business will be continuing online custom paper flower orders. Cookie’s Paper Petals specializes in hand cut paper petals for many types of flowers in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. The only paper petal shop on the East Coast, the company has a large following online and aims to garner the same attention in the new location on SW Front Street.
Jackson, now married with two daughters, was born and raised in Milford, DE until sixth grade when her family moved to Dover, DE where she finished her education at Caesar Rodney High School. After graduation, she continued her education and obtained a degree from Wilmington University. Jackson is currently a 10-year plus employee with the State of Delaware and serves as a leader for Transformed Church in Milford under pastor Alisha and Chris Nelson.
The fascination with paper flowers for Jackson began as a creative outlet. “I started creating paper flowers during a time I was in mourning from losing my grandmother. My grandmother nicknamed me Cookie the day I was born. This is why the business is called Cookie’s Paper Petals,” said Jackson. “I hope that people enjoy coming into the shop, seeing all the beautiful paper flower creations, and see the different ways the flowers can be used.” The downtown location will offer decor for home, party, office as well as gifts.
Each flower takes at least one hour to create and prices range from $15-$120 for a single flower depending on size, style and colors. Jackson has been teaching paper flower classes throughout the state including online for “Makers Monday”, tutorials at the Boys & Girls Club and most recently partnering with My Sister’s Fault for a Milford community event. She is excited to be a part of the growth happening in Downtown Milford.
“I see that downtown Milford is growing and since Milford is where I was born and raised I wanted to start my business where I was born,” said Jackson. “I believe it’s always so important to start your success where you came from.”
Jackson wants to be more than just a small business owner, she wants to be an entrepreneur that creates a vibrant downtown for families to enjoy. “Opening the first paper flower shop on the east coast is the first big achievement for me. I’m hoping to gain more customer interaction with having the store front,” she said. “I have been doing all sales via internet for the past year. I’m looking forward to growing the business and meeting all the other local businesses downtown Milford and collaborating on events.”
More information on when the official Grand opening of Cookie’s Paper Petals will be held can be found on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cookiespaperpetals/.