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Amanda Brand
2017 Business Person of the Year

Amanda Brand - 2017 Business Leader of the Year

Rotary Past-President Jim Steele (right) presented the Business Leader plaque. Plaques are on display in the Community Room of Commercial Trust Company.

Our 2017 Rotary Business Leader of the Year is a native of Boonville, and  in 2010 earned a bachelor of science degree from Central Methodist University. Even as a teenager she exhibited an interest and real knack for floral design work. At age 16 her passion for the flower business grew quickly after landing a job at Christy’s in Boonville where she delivered flowers, washed buckets and answered phones. She came soon to recognize the profession’s unpredictably and the need for an energetic personality to do the job. Throughout her college years she continued working with florists — designing for weddings, funerals and other events — and, in doing so, realized that ultimately she wanted to run her own shop. But first there were other things to attend to. After college graduation she married Tim Brand and began a brief teaching career in Salisbury. And in 2012 she and Tim welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Jamie Eleese. But that wasn’t all which would change that year.

Often she had noticed the old Casey’s building as a possible flower shop location and was encouraged when friends suggested she should pursue the idea. Negotiations began in late 2012, and for awhile the couple thought there was no way an agreement could be reached. But on March 15, 2013, it was reached — the completion of a dream come true when the Brands became the new owners. Even with an 8-month old baby in tow, she began fulfilling of her plan, with many hours of work and near complete exhaustion. On August 3, 2013, Paisley BowTique opened for business. It was indeed a challenge — balancing work in floral design and Tim’s profession of farming with all the other aspects of their lives. But together they made it work. (And there was a bit of irony in that the wife would be selling weeds for a living with the husband-farmer emphasizing chemical applications to kill weeds for a living.) Even so, the shop took off just as she had wanted, with a speciality cake and cupcake business joined with the floral business. Together, she and her cake partner worked to plan more than 45 weddings, plus two other successful events, all by the end of 2015. And it was also about this time that the Brand family welcomed another addition with the birth of an 8-pound-3 ounce little boy named Tristan.

The next year there was disheartening news when the cake lady decided to step-down her work with the shop to resume a teaching career. Recognizing the need to continue offering cake decoration as part of the business, our awardee — just this year — took over Cooper Cake Studio (utilizing employees already in place) with the business name transitioning to Paisley Bakery. Also this year, she was nominated to take part in an MU Art & Archeology event titled “Art in Bloom” and in doing so won the award for Most Creative Design. Thus, with the support of Fayette residents and surrounding communities, this Fayette business has continued thriving to include gifts, home decor items, and much more. Please join me in welcoming Amanda Brand as the 2017 Rotary Business Leader of the Year.


                                Jim Steele
                                April 26, 2017