My Business: Bear's Blooms

Bear's Blooms
UVic grad Parker Atkins and his sister and co-founder, Tess Atkins. Photo courtesy of Bear's Blooms

In our new 'My Business' feature, we profile enterprises run by UVic alumni.

Name(s): Parker Atkins, co-founder/Chief Technology Officer.

UVic degrees: Bachelor of Software Engineering in 2017.

My business: Bear’s Blooms 

Where it’s located: Vancouver, BC   

What we do: Bear’s Blooms is an e-commerce flower subscription business. We’re like a meal-kit but for flowers. We built a completely custom tech platform that gives our customers full flexibility over their schedule so they can have fresh local blooms delivered whenever they like.

Why we’re unique: We’re on a mission to change the way people buy flowers. We ship buds, not blooms, so our flowers consistently last two weeks. We use 95% local flowers, even in the winter, to support BC’s amazing farmers. And we buy exactly to order each week so we cut out 90% of the waste associated with traditional brick-and-mortar florists. We even collect and reuse our boxes to extend the life of our packaging.

Bear's Bloom box

Their story: Parker and his sister, Tess Atkins, co-founder and CEO, had dreamed of starting a family business together since they were small. Their mother’s love of flowers fueled the dream of a floral business. The team now deliver in Victoria, with parents and UVic law alumni Andrew Atkins, LLB ’85, and Colleen Cattell, BA ’82, LLB ’85, sometimes pitching in.

Our ideal customer is: Any and all flower lovers.

I wasn’t expecting…. To discover that Vancouver has the second largest Dutch-style flower auction in North America.

We’ll know we’re successful when: We deliver across Canada.

Where to find us:

Bear's Bloom bouquet

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