Mayflowers at Reston Town Center held a beautiful event Sept. 13 to celebrate its second year at this location. The weather was lovely, the guests enjoyed "Maytinis" and fabulous food catered by Passion Fish.
Some of the guests included Reston founder Robert E. Simon, Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, Del. Ken Plum and other notables. There was live Hawaiian music and dancing, short speeches, and a lot of great schmoozing.
For those of you not familiar with Mayflowers, it's a floral studio in the heart of the Reston Town Center. The arrangements May Bernhardt reates are beautiful, creative and the store itself is magical. The flowers are fresh, unique and delivered to the shop from all over the world.
When I first discovered Mayflowers, I was simply amazed. The vibrant colors and mix of unusual flowers in the arrangements was a pleasant change. It seems I am not the only one that feels this way, as May has many loyal customers and friends.
May has been in business for 24 years. She started with a home- based business, growing into a commercial space and then opening two retail locations - one at Plaza America in Reston and the other in Lansdowne.
The stores were consolidated, and May moved her business to Reston Town Center location in the Promenade. The RTC location provides an opportunity for greater exposure for May to interact with businesses and residents directly, and let's her easily give back to the community in which she lives, works and entertains.
This new location has definitely served her and our community well. In July 2011, May received the Award for Chamber Excellence for Small Business of the Year from the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. She is a supporter of Reston Interfaith's Best of Reston event and the Help the Homeless programs through Mayflowers promotions and fundraisers.
May is also a supporter of numerous charities and fundraisers including, National Institute of Health (Children's Inn), Greater Reston Arts Center, The Initiative for Public Art and Camp Sunshine for children with life threatening illnesses.
May not only provides this community with her beautiful flower arrangements, but makes the world a more beautiful place through her charitable work.
May is the sponsor of the first Reston Town Center Help the Homeless Walk to end homelessness, bringing awareness to the homeless within Reston and Northern Virginia. On Oct. 4 at noon, the walk will be from Mayflowers (11959 Market St) to the Embry Rucker Community Shelter. The link is provided below, it's easy to sign up and we hope to see you there!
Thank you May for all you do to make our community such a wonderful place to live in.