Judi Tsuchida: Owner of Fena Flowers

Judi Tsuchida, who grew up in Idaho, opened Fena Flowers in 1988 almost a decade before she had initially intended. The mother of a 2-year-old and 4-year-old wanted to open her own flower shop once her kids were preteens, but when the opportunity arose for her to start her own business, she decided to jump on it. 

“I thought I was crazy at first, but it turned out to be the best time to start the business,” she said. “Once my kids were the ages I wanted to start Fena, I was busy running them to and from activities. By then, I had employees, so it was much easier to get away.”

Over the last 31 years, Fena Flowers has been a Kirkland favorite for exemplary arrangements and service. For Tsuchida, working in a flower shop has been a 54-year passion. She grew up working in her aunt’s flower shop, and she said she still screams with excitement when boxes of flowers are delivered.


Favorite Places

To Relax

Stefan Schweihofer

At home in my garden

For Dinner

Momoya Sushi & Sake House in Kirkland

To Grab a Drink

Novelty Hill Januik
Winery, Woodinville

To Be Inspired

Any garden nursery; I have an addiction to plants!

Inspiration Board

Listening To

I love the oldies … ’50s, ’60s,’70s.

Favorite Book

I have to admit that I don’t read books; I’d rather be in the garden. I only read articles that pertain to flowers and gardening.

Favorite Movie

Wizard of Oz

Favorite Flower

Cody Doherty via Unsplash

Ranunculus

Best Advice You’ve Received

Hire your weaknesses

Best Business Decision You’ve Made

To move Fena from downtown Kirkland to a warehouse facility in the Totem Lake area. We were able to have 6,000 square feet to operate efficiently, be centrally located for deliveries, and have in-store shopping, at a significantly reduced rent.

Who Inspires You?

My mom. She persevered in internment camp during WWII and becoming a widow at 38 with four small girls. She worked hard her whole life, but more importantly, instilled in her daughters a hard work ethic at a very young age. She gave me the work ethic that I needed to be a good business owner.

Q&A

What spurred you to open your own floral shop?

I had a vision to create a flower shop that offers unique floral arrangements in all price ranges and quality service at competitive prices, while offering the employees better pay and benefits.

How has Fena evolved over the last 31 years?

We are always competitive by sourcing the best products at the best prices. We continuously look for ways to be more productive and continue to improve our processes to provide the best customer service and products at all times.

In what ways have you seen the floral industry change?

When I started in the industry, you could only purchase flowers in a flower shop. We have evolved to compete in price, but more importantly, in the quality of our products and service. We are also involved in our community, donating to several charities.

If you could give advice to your younger professional self, what would you say?

Stay true to your business strategy, yet be flexible to competitive pressures; implement continuous quality improvement of product and services; and share the rewards of hard work with your staff.

FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail
is an assistant editor at 425 magazine. Email her.
Find Out First
Learn about Eastside food,
fashion, home design, and more.
no thanks
FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail