When you first open the doors to Plumeria Botanical Boutique, prepare to be greeted by vibrant blossoms, lush greenery, and a delicate floral scent that brings a feeling of peace and joy to guests.
Plumeria is a premier florist that takes root in the Urbandale neighborhood of Battle Creek. Owner Elisha Hodge uses her background in art, combined with her mother’s passion for flowers, to create beautiful arrangements.
The business specializes in custom flower arrangements, flower delivery, rare houseplants, and plenty of unique items and gifts — making it a perfect stop to shop for a special memory you can take home to remember your time in Battle Creek.
The Plumeria team is focused on creating a customizable experience for each guest. Her team is always available for consultations, where shoppers can work with experts to address their specific concerns.
In addition to flowers, Plumeria Botanical Boutique also sells an assortment of one-of-a-kind items, such as locally made candles, gift baskets, and soaps. You are sure to find something you love at the boutique, whether you’re shopping for a special occasion, or just want to treat yourself.
Plumeria was born out of Elisha’s vision of opportunity for the Battle Creek area. She was determined to bring a burst of color and liveliness back to her hometown.
Community is one of her key motivators. She is passionate about using art and flowers to spread love and offers a place for others to do the same.
Elisha said she wants her shop to create an experience. She is constantly working to make Plumeria a space where people can meet, explore, learn and share.
The “propagation station” features a wall of glass containers filled with water. Customers can bring in their own plant cuttings to form roots, as well as trade with rooted clippings from other people. This station is free and open to the public.
Plumeria also offers a plant ICU, where plant owners can bring in sick or dying plants for employees to nurse back to health.
As Elisha focuses on using her business to uplift the community, she also makes it a point to boost other businesses and organizations in the area. For example, Plumeria hosts an annual online plant auction where participants can place bids. All profits are donated back to nonprofits in Battle Creek. This year’s event supplied donations to the South Michigan Food Bank.
The team also makes efforts to supply plant donations to local organizations and monuments. Plumeria is partnered with The Memorial Day Flower Foundation, in which they have laid thousands of roses on grave markers to honor those who have served our country. They also recently partnered with Victory for Veterans to raise donations to help reduce suicide rates among veterans.
Elisha’s biggest challenge right now is space.
The team is currently working to expand to allow for more opportunities. The current storefront is at capacity, so Elisha took another leap and purchased an old hardware store at 660 Capital Ave. S.W.
Renovations to the second location are expected to be wrapping up in June 2023, and Plumeria is preparing to bring a breath of fresh air to the Lakeview neighborhood.
Elisha is excited for the larger space to allow the shop to host more community events and fundraisers, as well as roll out new services.
Plumeria Plant Boutique is proud to plant a seed in the Battle Creek Community. Whether you are a longtime customer or a first-time visitor, you will always be welcomed with warm smiles and a blooming energy that reflects the passion of Plumeria.