Situated in the historic Giesemann’s Building in the picturesque country town of Laidley, the heart of Queensland’s ‘Salad Bowl’, Rustique Rose Florist & Tea Room combines a love of flowers, history and atmosphere, and has become an iconic Lockyer Valley attraction for lovers of old-world charm.
The successful business has been under the leadership of Rachel Waterhouse for over a decade. Rachel grew up in Blenheim, not far from the township of Laidley, and always had a love of flowers and art. She is the third generation of florists and flower growers in her family.
It was Rachel’s dream from an early age to own her own business, and this dream become a reality in 2007, when she took over the ownership of the Laidley Florist. Quickly, Rachel developed a reputation for the highest quality floral work and displays.
Her shop window displays are an ornament to Patrick Street and have been the subject of many awards, even appearing in TV advertisements and tourist publications.
For the first five years, Rachel operated the business as a florist shop, also establishing her own flower farm which produces an abundance of local fresh flowers grown in rich, fertile local soil.
In January 2011, the business was inundated by floodwaters causing major damage and loss of stock. The disaster turned into a positive for Rachel, as she was able to fulfil a dream of starting her own tea room with the florist.
Rachel and her family set about restoring the shop to its’ original 1902 condition, with a 1930s Tea room theme, complete with original fine china, tea pots and music, surrounded by the aroma of beautiful bunches of fresh flowers and Italian coffee.
Rachel has gone on to win many awards including Lockyer Valley Young Business Person of the Year, and the prestigious Mayor’s Award. In 2018, Rachel’s dream and vision continues to go from strength to strength, and she continues to promote the highest level of customer satisfaction, hospitality and quality.