For most of her working life, Amy Lybolt kept her dreams of starting a floral business to herself. Then in 2016, she lost her job while on maternity leave. Amy took that big, unfair negative and turned it into a bright, blooming positive. She officially launched MI Honeybee Flowers three months before her son Emory was born.
“I will never forget my first year in business, my accountant at the time looked at my financials and laughed. He said, ‘This is great, it looks like you have really developed a great hobby,’” Amy explains.
Over the next three years, Amy grew her “hobby” over 600%, going from six weddings a year to 65+. In August of 2021, she moved into a new studio and event space in Detroit’s Piety Hill neighborhood, 611 West Philadelphia.
Located next door to a community garden that sells homegrown fruits and vegetables, the new headquarters allows Amy and her team more storage and prep space. It also provides a new way to collaborate with fellow business owners and support her home city.
"Detroit is my love. It is strong; its people are resilient and beautiful,” Amy shares.
Amy hopes to make 611 West Philadelphia a top venue for celebrations, parties, and other activities. They’ve hosted art shows and installations, yoga retreats, and more since opening.
Go behind the scenes of MI Honeybee Flowers and take a tour of 611 West Philadelphia with Amy in this Collective Cribs.