Given that her mother and grandmother were stellar cooks, it was no surprise that Columbus native Angie Atkins, owner of Angie’s Catering and Floral Design, developed a love of cooking and food preparation early in life. She also taught herself the art of floral design and came to enjoy planning an occasional wedding or party. It was a nudge from a loved one that gave her the incentive to really chase her dreams.
“One day my husband urged me to turn it into a business,” said Atkins, who graduated from Lee High School and holds a degree in Business Administration from Mississippi University for Women. “I started small. There is so much competition, and I was a little hesitant. It took a lot of hard work and perseverance – definitely not something that was done overnight.”
The tiniest of details mattered when Atkins launched her business, and today they remain the driving force behind the creative efforts she puts into planning everything from the smallest office party to the largest wedding or corporate function.
“I meet with my clients as many times as needed to ensure their event is everything they dream of and more,” Atkins said. “No two events are alike. I treat my customers with respect, honesty and transparency. Details matter (and) create the atmosphere that takes an event from average to amazing. We want our events to be fun and stress-free for clients.”
In addition to her background in the kitchen, Atkins has linens, sofas, tables, lamps and various accent pieces to bring the occasion to life, whether the customer’s design preference is traditional or contemporary. She is located at 515 College Street in the historic district of Columbus and urges clients to contact her the minute they begin thinking about hosting an event of any kind.
“I planned an event several months ago for one of my clients who lives in another state,” Atkins said. “We planned much of it via texts, pictures and emails. When she walked in and saw the decorated venue, she immediately started crying and said, ‘I am just blown away with all the details you put into making this a huge success.’ I thought, ‘This is why I love what I do.’”
Reach Atkins at 662-386-5634 to plan your next special event or wedding, and find Angie’s Catering and Floral Design on Facebook.