Iowa’s Top Rated Local® Award Winner: Thistles

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Thistles is a two-time award winner in 2019.

For one-of-a-kind flower arrangements that can express your feelings for any occasion, look no further than this award-winning company!

Thistles has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.91 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 99.13 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 50 businesses in all of Iowa!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Thistles did my wedding flowers, and they were nothing but amazing! Coming into my first visit with the florist, I had no vision as to what I wanted for my flowers. I just said I wanted them to be pretty! I worked with a wonderful florist who showed me options for flowers and colors so that I could really see what my bouquet would look like. My bouquet and the bridesmaids’ turned out better than I could have ever imagined! Thank you, Thistles, for being a truly great place to work with!” – L.P.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Thistles is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Florist

We were excited to learn all about Thistles and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the Manager, Shirley Vermeer.


The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Thistles stand apart from its competitors. Shirley told us about their vast selection of fresh, beautiful flowers. Their creations are designed individually, and nothing is mass-produced. Each product is made according to the individual preferences and desires of the client.

Shirley continued:

“We have a great, great staff that cares deeply about the receiver of the flowers. It’s like they know the person, and they create the design accordingly. Sometimes, it just hits home; it’s exactly what they wanted. We use quality flowers and fresh flowers, and our goal is to create a good product that makes everybody happy.”

She went on to tell us about the Thistles business mission:

“We want to be there to help, whether it’s celebrating a birth, baptism, wedding, or anniversary. We also want to be there in the tough times, like funerals and any other hardships that come in their lives. We want to [uphold a] mission statement that we’re here to help, whether it’s just sending a single flower or a large bouquet. We want our customers and the recipients to know that we care.”

Building Success By Putting The Customer First

Thistles has earned an incredible reputation, so we were excited to hear about some of the ways they have gotten their name out and grown their company. Shirley told us that most of their growth has happened thanks to word of mouth and that they are starting to utilize social media more.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Thistles has managed to. We asked if Shirley could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Remember that the customer is always first.”

Congratulations to Thistles for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Shirley for taking the time to speak with us!

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