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Hollister flower shop under new ownership

Precious Petals becomes Expressions Floral, offering expanded services.
Sandy Lesnewsky, lead designer and instructor for Expressions Floral, said she is excited to work in Hollister as, "it is very friendly and community oriented." Photo by Becky Bonner.
Starting next month, the shop will offer classes such as floral arrangement. Photo by Becky Bonner.
Store Manager Katy Dorrance is excited that in addition to floral arrangements, the store plans on opening a gift boutique. Photo by Becky Bonner.
Filice explained that she also owns a floral wholesale business and floral shop in Gilroy. Photo by Becky Bonner.

On Aug. 1, Precious Petals of downtown Hollister came under new ownership. Now known as Expressions Floral, Lisa Filice and her husband Michael bought the business after the previous owners let them know they would be retiring.

Lisa, who originally worked in a pediatrician’s office, came into the floral industry after a patient’s father asked her to work for him in his wholesale flower business.

Stating that she “fell in love with everything” about the profession, more than 10 years later The Filices own their own wholesale flower company, wedding and events division, as well as Frank’s Garden Florist shop in Gilroy.

Working within San Benito County for weddings and knowing people in the area, purchasing Precious Petals felt like the next step for the Filices.

“Hollister is a growing area and it felt like a natural addition,” Lisa stated. “We are excited to become more involved in the community and work with local organizations.”

The new owners plan to get to know the community by identifying and responding to its needs. In addition to selling floral arrangements for all seasons of people’s lives, Expressions Floral will soon offer classes on-site which will include floral design and succulent arrangements. There are also plans to open a gift boutique in the shop.

After taking a year off, store manager Katy Dorrance came back because she loves the floral industry.

“I think this town could benefit from having another store that’s a gift boutique in addition to having quality floral arrangements,” Dorrance said.

Among the staff that will create floral arrangements on-site is Sandy Lesnewsky. Before working for Filice, Lesnewsky was the director of retail floral design at Mission College in Santa Clara.

Asked what drew her to creating floral arrangements, Lesnewsky said she enjoys her colleagues and likes having a profession that brings joy to others.

“It’s a wonderful profession,” Lesnewsky said. “It brings beauty into the world. It’s constantly changing and always creative.”

For more information, visit Expressions Floral or the store’s Facebook page.



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Becky Bonner (bjbonner22)

Becky Bonner is a local teacher at San Benito High School who is passionate about sharing things to do in San Benito County.


Welcome to the neighborhood Michael and Lisa. I look forward to meeting you and I wish you much success with your new business in downtown Hollister. 

Submitted by (Lisa) on

Thank you for the warm welcome . It is such an exciting time for us. So many people to meet and get to know.

Submitted by (Sally Biersdorff) on

Thank you Expressions Floral for the beautiful spray you created for my husband's funeral last month.

I hope that the South Valley Fleurs Garden Club can plan a future program to include your wholesale and retail business.

Much Success!!

Submitted by (Lisa) on

Hi Sally, 

Thank you for putting your trust in us to create something special to honor your husband during this time. 

Please reach out to us as we would be interested in collaborating with the club for something in the future.


Expressions Floral


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