Floral designer to be honored with Women in Business Award 

April 14, 2010

PLAINVIEW – Tiffany Barnes, owner of Petals floral and gift shop, will be one of three women honored with the Women in Business Awards from Wayland Baptist University’s Students in Free Enterprise team. The awards will be presented in a special banquet slated for 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, at the McClung Center, room 211.

A native of Plainview, Barnes opened Petals in February 2003, literally on a whim.

“I was driving by and saw that the building was for sale and thought, ‘I could do that,’” said Barnes, noting that the building had previously housed Lindsey’s Flowers. “I think the idea of being out on my own and making the decisions and being creative really appealed to me.”

Barnes said she had always had a creative eye for design and loved painting and decorating at her own home. She also loves photography, so floral design wasn’t too much of a stretch.

But she admits much of her experience has been trial and error and taking close notes from other designers and pieces she sees and admires. In her early years, she said she attended many area floral shows to learn the tricks and get ideas and current trends. She also credits a local funeral home with helping her learn in the early years.

“The best place I learned to design was at Wood Dunning Funeral Home,” she smiles. “Kenneth (Dunning) was so great to let me roam when no was else was around and look at the flowers and learn how to do things.”

Encouraged by the shop’s success, Barnes obtained her Texas Master Florist certification a few years ago and that has helped her stay current and fresh in her ideas. As someone who works with living, growing things on a daily basis, Barnes said the job stays exciting.

“I love getting to see the new stuff that comes in,” she said. “Everything is fresh, and there just so much variety out there to have fun with. I love using new and different things.”

Prior to her entrepreneur days, Barnes was a kindergarten teacher in Happy for five years and worked for U.S. Cooling for five years. She is a graduate of Plainview High and West Texas A&M University.

Barnes is the daughter of Plainviewans Joe and Judy Offield. She and husband Doug, who manages Oswald Printing and is in two-way satellite communication, have three dogs and a cat.

Other honorees include Nicki Bruce Logan of the Plainview Daily Herald and Kim Street of Street Real Estate.

Tickets for the event are $20 per person and are available by calling the School of Business at 291-1020. Deadline to make reservations is Monday, April 19.