Slice of Life: Teen brings blooms and smiles to community with flower truck business

17-year-old Alexa Hess turned her love of flowers into a business, selling them from the back of a classic VW truck (WSYX/WTTE)

Starting a small company can be a long shot, but at Lucca's Flower Truck in Newark, business is blooming.

Alexa Hess is the brains behind the beauty. She's a "budding" entrepreneur at just 17 years old.

"It's a huge learning experience for me, for sure," she said. "I've always loved having flowers in the house. I never thought I would be a florist but I saw it and thought that is so cool, I wanted to bring something to our community like that. So, we did it!"

From the start, Alexa was driven. She knew she would need to put her petals to the metal. She searched far and wide for a truck to move her fresh florals.

"So we found one in Chillicothe. I was in Colorado, climbing a mountain actually, and I said Dad this is the one. This is going to be it!" said Hess.

That classic VW truck really got the plans moving ahead. For the past year, Alexa spent many weekends traveling with her truck full of flowers to farmers markets, fairs and barn sales.

"Everyone is super supportive and loves it, to see something bring smiles to everyone's faces," said Hess.

She advertises solely on social media and is happily turning a profit.

"I'm having a great time doing it. It's just fun. I've learned a lot about finances period. I've learned how to talk to people. I just want to be around happy people and make people happy."

Alexa has plans to expand the business. She's now also making and selling t-shirts. She wants to take Lucca's flower truck with her when she goes to college.

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