Downtown Prescott floral shop owner appreciates all the opportunities available locally
Prescott Woman Magazine chatted with Aileen Casillas, owner of Florian, to find out what makes her enjoy Prescott and everything it has to offer.
PWM: How long have you lived in Prescott?
Aileen: Almost 13 years.
PWM: Why did you choose Prescott as your home?
Aileen: I chose Prescott because of the moderate four seasons, which reminded me of my previous home in the Midwest. I thought it would be a great place to raise my kids.
PWM: What’s your occupation?
Aileen: I own Florian, a flower shop, and I am the lead floral designer.
PWM: Do you have any kids?
Aileen: Yes, I have three. My daughter is 23, and my sons are 18. All have gone through the Prescott school system. My daughter graduated from Yavapai College and went on to graduate from Loyola Marymount University.
PWM: What is your favorite thing about living in the Prescott area?
Aileen: My favorite thing about living in the Prescott area is the abundance and range of activities, both outdoor and indoor. My particular favorite is Acker Night, even more so now that I have a business downtown!
PWM: How do you think Prescott enhances your occupation and hobbies?
Aileen: It most certainly enhances my occupation because I can use my talents to serve the community in a charitable way. The community can see the quality and effort we put into our flowers. As for hobbies, I like a variety of things from cinema to off-roading … this area provides plenty of opportunities for both!
PWM: Are you working on anything new or exciting for the upcoming year?
Aileen: I will be participating in the 134th Rose Parade in 2023 as a florist. I have the privilege of designing large floral installations on five floats, one of which is for the B.P.O.E Elks organization. Truly cannot wait to participate in that!
PWM: If you could contribute to anything in the Prescott area, what would it be and why?
Aileen: I would definitely contribute to the community of Latina business owners and provide support/resources to help elevate that segment of the Prescott area. It is an underrepresented demographic as a whole and I would love to be part of the process in building bridges and creating success stories.
Visit Florian at 117 E. Gurley Street in Prescott, in the historic Elks Theater Building, and learn more at www.florianfloral.com, on IG @florianfloral, or by calling 928.778.2755.