I couldn’t be more excited about this new adventure in my life and my big launch into the community with my flower pop-up shop for Valentine’s Day at Fromagio Artisan Cheese, with my friend Lacey of Tiny Chef. I’ve had so much love and support from friends and family and other small business’. I am very thankful. This pop-up will be a fundraiser for Priceless Alaska, the anti-sex trafficking organization.

Why Priceless?

Last year I went on a baseball trip to Vegas with a bunch of rowdy 14 year old boys. I’ll be honest, Vegas is not my cup of tea.

One morning my husband and I paid a surprise visit to the hotel room that our son was sharing with a few of the other boys. Everyone soon realized that I had no sense of humor when it came to the hooker cards they had splayed all over the room and stuck to the walls and mirrors. I walked through the room gathering them up one by one, lecturing them about integrity and values and what kind of men do they want to be? Told them that I know that they thought it was funny and not a big deal but they should consider that these girls are someones sisters and daughters and mothers, embarrassing my unsuspecting son.

That night after the baseball games I stayed up all night researching the sex trafficking trade. I learned of a local ministry called Hookers for Jesus who had a ministry to help get those in the sex trade off the streets and safe. I learned about how the LVPD were having such a hard time finding the underaged, trafficked kids trapped in this industry. I learned about the high demand of 4 year old girls of a certain color. I learned a lot of things that I wish I could unlearn real fast. It all gave me nightmares for quite some time. I took all of this information and wrote a letter to the boys, so they could know. I explained to them that there are likely recruiters in their own high schools, and I don’t mean baseball recruiters.

After arriving back in Anchorage I wanted to do something proactive. I think I gave a little money to Hookers for Jesus and Priceless. I wanted to have some type of fundraiser but I just didn’t come up with anything.

And then came flowers. My business kind of happened over night with the idea to do some arrangements for Christmas and then the orders just kept coming in. I loved it and immediately started planning and reading and researching the flower business. If this could be successful I could give, like I’ve always wanted to give. I started to plan a pop-up flower shop for Valentines Day and I thought, this could be a bust. If i had left over flowers who could I bless with them, and I thought about Priceless and then I thought I could give some of the profits to Priceless.

So, that’s how the idea was born. I then invited Tiny Chef Confections to come on board and they were more than happy to support Priceless and then Fromagio gave us the opportunity to share their building. We are praying we can be successful and wildly generous!

Hannah Thompson