Curbside Chronicle vendors are selling succulent arrangements for Father’s Day, both online and at various pop-up shops this week.
Curbside employee Colton Smith said working on the arrangements has been enjoyable.
“It keeps me off the streets. It gives me a task to accomplish, something to look forward to every day,” Smith said.
Smith, who is experiencing homelessness, gained employment through Curbside through the Homeless Alliance.
While he typically sells the Curbside Chronicle magazine, Smith works with Curbside Flowers seasonally.
“Our arrangements are currently on sale online right now to be preordered at curbsideflowers.org. We have small, medium, and large,” Ranya Forgotson, director of the Curbside Chronicle said.
Succulent pop-up shops will also be set up this week in Oklahoma City and Edmond, but that's just the beginning.
While Curbside has sold flower arrangements for Valentines, Mother's Day and now Father's Day, plant production is about to go full time, with a flower shop set to open later this summer.
“This August, once our flower shop is open, we will be able to do this every day of the year,” Forgotson said.
The flower shop will be located on Northwest Classen and 5th Street and will employ people working their way out of homelessness.
“We'll be able to meet people's floral needs and we'll also get to be able to employ people not just seasonally, but year-round that are working to end their homelessness,” Forgotson said.
Succulent pop-up shops will be open at the following locations:
The DNA Galleries in the Plaza District
Friday, June 19 from 10 am to 7 pm
Saturday, Jun 20 from 10 am to 7 pm
Sunday, June 21 from 10 am to 3 pm
Saturday, June 20 from 10 am to 7 pm
Citizens Bank of Edmond
Saturday, June 20 from 10 am to 2 pm