Collage is such a unique little shop that I really don’t know how to start this. I say that every time BUT it’s not like they sell one type of thing or one style of thing. Think about when you go to central market and see all the different varieties and flavors of local food. Collage is that but with products and gifts. Let me explain with some pictures…
What you’re seeing here is the huge variety of high end products they offer (at realistic prices too). From Vera Bradley backpacks, artisan soaps, jewelry, even some clothes they definitely have something in stock that will catch your eye. I always talk about the owners because what I can express of their personality will help you understand why I chose to write the article about this business. Whitney was such a pleasure to talk to, one of the most giving people I’ve met with to date. She loves the community and although I say that it’s hard to comprehend without seeing all that she does for yourself. Collage won “The Award for Socially Responsible Retailer” in NYC at the Retailer Excellence Awards, for her work with Access York and throughout the community.
Throwing it back, a little history lesson in Collage and Whitney’s history in the retail space. Her family going back a few generations owned several independent retail locations. In York in the 80s/90s there was a popular store called Mailman’s that partnered with The Bon-Ton. After college she worked at Savemart with her dad and took a sales job when that closed about 15 years ago. 9 years ago she met Janice the former owner of Collage and jumped in when she retired.
Whitney’s goal with Collage was to create a place with unique products, a welcoming environment, and a community of patrons that could give back within the community. Her products support local artists and small businesses across the country. They carry lines that most companies don’t but remain affordable and accommodating for all. I could write an entire article about their shop dog Jude but the news covered enough on Jude (who is a fantastic dog). Wrap up time. Hand picked high-end manufactured and home made products, one of the most giving owners we’ve met. Works with the Access York women’s shelter and collects donations for them year round. They also sponsor the mini maker’s markets in York. All you need to know is that Collage is the spot to be.
Last July we met with Kathryn from Olp’s flowers in Jacobus. When we met her she had recently taken over the business and was starting to make some changes. We didn’t add any pictures to the article because we could tell that what she envisioned for her storefront was far from what she was working with. Like the work she puts in on the dozens of beautiful flowers and arrangements we checked out she has blown us away with the transformation of her store. We didn’t take any before pictures last year but here’s a few of what Olp’s Flowers looks like now.
Walking through the front door it’s doesn’t even feel like the same place anymore. The upstairs is now used for wedding and event consultations as well as the main office. Out behind the shop you’ll now find a completely refinished area where the “Wine Down Wednesday” events are held. These events take place Wednesdays at 6pm and more details including tickets can be purchased from olpsflowers.com/workshops. To give you a little taste of what kinds of things one would learn from these classes a few upcoming from the release of this article are: self watering planters, air plant containers, and macrame plant hangers. Oh and you can drink while you’re there hence “Wine” Down Wednesday.
Run it back to where I said air plant containers… There’s also a new make your own air plant wall that houses all of the goodies doodads and air plants that are used in the air plant class. I’m going to say air plant a lot, I’m sorry but they’re super cool and Kathryn showed me a few that are massive. Air plants might have to become my new hobby just saying. On top of air plants (last time I swear) they’ve also got some super cool orchids encased in resin, macrame, and a lot of bamboo. The orchids are one of the slickest new products of theirs considering they can be made into corsages, boutonnieres, and even used in arrangements
So to wrap this up, what’s changed at Olp’s Flowers in Jacobus? The entire store has been renovated, their plants are not only alive now but they’re high quality. I wouldn’t describe the shop as your average flower shop, it’s got an artistic and earthy feel that gives off great vibes. Their wedding arrangements and centerpieces are out of this world and accomplish their goal of being different. When I first talked to Kathryn she wanted to change what people thought of when they think flowers or floral arrangements. She wants people to see the art and talent it takes to put together these extraordinary pieces and I think she crushes it. Flowers, plants, weddings, events, and a reason to drink a bottle of wine on a Wednesday… Olp’s Flowers is the place.