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Photo­graphy by
Chris Hamilton

bouquet of fall flowers

After interning at the White House and working on the Hill as a lobbyist, Travis Crytzer, SPA/BA ’05, SPA/MPA ’07, needed to stop and smell the roses.

“Washington can be a grind,” he says. “I was ready for a change.”

Now, as owner of Blossoms and Blooms in his hometown of Linesville, Pennsylvania, and Loefflers in neighboring Meadville, Crytzer “[lobbies] for flowers.”

Turns out, lilies are an easier sell than legislation.

“Everyone loves flowers. They always bring a smile—and the fragrance is an added bonus,” says Crytzer, who owns the shops, both about 100 miles north of Pittsburgh, with mom, Judy. 

Buds and bouquets are a blooming business. Last year, Americans spent about $34 billion on flowers, with demand for stems spiking around Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. But Crytzer—who counts hydrangeas, roses, and dahlias among his favorite varieties—says every day is a good day for an arrangement.

“People don’t tend to buy flowers for themselves, so when they receive them, it’s a pleasant surprise.”

Flower wonks: Correctly answer the trivia question and you’ll be entered to win an arrangement from Blossoms and Blooms, delivered to your door.

Roses are the most popular flowers in the US, accounting for up to 35 percent of stems sold each year. Which two flowers round out the top three?