Elissa Carpenter began her floral design career in 1974 when her family established Flowers by Bernard on Staten Island. We aim to design something beautiful, stylish and unique. We work hard and have fun, meet interesting people and get to be creative with eclectic floral materials. Elissa was educated at SUNY Albany with a degree in Biology and Mathematics. Her first career was as a science and math teacher at an independent school. As an owner and manager of the flower shop her responsibilities include ordering, preparing and designing flowers. As well as, hiring employees, ordering supplies, marketing, sales, consulting with clients for weddings and events. When not working, Elissa enjoys time with her family, travel, cooking and golf.