“I had been laid off so I took a job as a delivery driver at a florist shop,” Carrie said.
A job taken in desperation may have been the lucky break of her life.
A glimmer of talent for flower arranging and color coordination began glowing like a bright shining star. Everyone around her noticed her special flair, including her Aunt Patty Taylor of San Antonio.
“Carrie has found her niche with flowers and this shop,” Taylor proclaimed. “She did an entire wedding a while back and I’ve never seen flowers so beautiful.”
Carrie says a florist named Kelly Elrod began to teach her the trade.
“She recognized I had a knack,” Carrie said.
Now, she’s the go-to person for weddings, anniversaries and just about any other celebration of which one can think.
On Saturday, she hosted the grand opening of the Petal Pusher in Woodsboro – now her own shop.
“I never dreamed things would fall into place like this,” Carrie said.
Word of her techniques and skill had already spread though the community. When Judge Lorraine Lopez heard that previous owner Melodie Friedrichs was selling the Petal Pusher, she immediately called Carrie.
“She does beautiful work and Woodsboro needs this business,” Lopez said.
“I was taking a float trip down the river when I got a call from Judge Lopez,” Carrie said. “She’s been like a guardian angel to me.”
That night, Carrie bade farewell to the river and drove home to Woodsboro.
“I was scared at first but my dad (Bill Albert) told me, ‘Don’t ever be scared, just do it,’” Carrie said.
Surrounded Saturday by a store filled with family, friends and well-wishers, the scent of candles wafted through the air and people began to shop.
Outside a band, also made up of friends, played music and more people found their way inside.
“My grandmother owned a boutique and interior design business,” Carrie said. “I feel like she’s smiling down on me right now. I know if she was here, she’d be so proud.”
Her grandmother on her mother’s side, Nell Sherrock, agreed with her daughter Patty.
“This is the perfect business for Carrie because she’s so good at it,” Sherrock said.
Through hard work and determination, Carrie hopes to build a bright future in the town where her parents, Bill and Kathy Albert, live, where Carrie grew up and now, where she will rear her own daughters.
“The support has been tremendous from my family and from the teachers who work with my mother at school and in the community where I grew up,” Carrie said.
As the phone began to ring, with people calling in orders for flowers, Carrie hesitated, “this has been an unexpected dream come true.”
In addition to flowers, the shop offers brands of jeans and flip flops with glitz, an array of candles, and gift items from tea cups to hand-designed aprons – and a little bit of everything. As she grows her business, Carrie says she will add merchandise.