Meet Nicole Murphy, Owner of Florals & Scrubs!

Working as a vascular technologist during the day and a florist at night, Nicole decided to turn her hobby into a stream of income. Stop by her shop to create a beautiful bouquet at the flower bar or purchase some goodies and gifts from local vendors. Florals & Scrubs is located at 159 Bala Ave and is open Wednesday – Sunday 10am-6pm.

What inspired you to open Florals & Scrubs? 

I was inspired to open Florals & Scrubs out of a love for flowers and a passion for business. I’m a vascular technologist and when the pandemic hit I decided to turn a hobby, something I love to do, into a source of income. I still wear my scrubs sometimes and the goal is to introduce a line of them under the F & S name soon. 

What are all the different types of services you offer at Florals & Scrubs?

We offer small-scale florals and unique floral gifts that are sensibly priced, simple to purchase & chicly designed. Our website allows you to build your subscription plans for your home or workspace. Florals for all occasions along with floral crowns, jewelry & tattoos. We specialize in micro wedding florals: bouquets, boutonniere’s, flower girl baskets, and centerpieces. Outside we have a variety of plants. In the shop, we offer a fun interactive Flower Bar! Customers can choose the flowers they love and have them styled into a gorgeous bouquet right on the spot!

Also, our list of services outside the shop include: 

● Urban Gardens/Celestial Workspaces 

● Mobile Team Building Workshops with Flowers 

● Mobile Wine & Design Soirees 

● Business Professional Gifting Plans 

● A 4 Part Kids Series ‘Florology- Fostering Self Love through Flowers’ 

● Window Dressing/Design/Styling Services

● Event Pop Up Fresh or Faux Flower Bar- an awesome service to get guests involved and create their favors. 

● Floral Goodie Gifts- can double as centerpieces for your event and guest swag! 

Before working at Florals & Scrubs, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? 

The most interesting job I’ve had is as a Vascular Technologist- an ultrasound technologist of the veins and arteries from the head to the toes. 

What are 3 words to describe Florals & Scrubs? 

Simple, Sensible, Chic! 

What is your proudest moment at Florals & Scrubs? 

My proudest moment was when we found out we won a category in this year’s PHS Philadelphia Flower Show’s Bloom Philly contest! Bloom Philly is an invitation-only contest hosted each year. We were invited to participate. Local small businesses get to decorate in honor of the show’s annual theme. This year’s theme was Habitat: Nature’s Masterpiece. Since Florals & Scrubs was a fully mobile business at the time of the invite, we partnered with another biz and helped them with their Urban Garden! We won ‘Best Illustration of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Mission & Values.  

Do you have a favorite quote? 

‘No one can make you feel inferior without your own consent.’ ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

What book did you read last? 

Inward by Yung Pueblo

What did you want to be when growing up? 

A Fashion Merchandiser 

What is the first concert you attended? 

The Jackson’s Victory Tour 

You’re happiest when? 

I’m happiest when creating something pretty in the shop or hanging out with my family.

Is there anything special about City Ave that you can share? 

I grew up in West Philly so City Ave has always been one of my favorite places to hang out, shop, and eat!

Want to be featured in the next issue of Faces of City Ave? Email Briana at cityave@cityave.org.