We couldn’t do the amazing work we do – adding color and vibrancy to special moments; curating significance and splendor in every bouquet, installation, and design; and breathing life into the everyday – without the truly incredible Julia Testa customer service team. Meet the people behind the phone calls and emails; the special deliveries; and the flower counters in Brooklyn and Soho – our Customer Services Team at Julia Testa.
Growing up in North Carolina, Maria moved to New York on a whim after college. Once in the city, she secured a position in an advertising agency, but quickly determined that the office environment wasn’t for her. She craved creativity, inspiration, and a dynamic workplace – prompting a bit of job hopping before responding to an ad for a customer service position at Julia Testa.
Maria understood what working in flowers could be like, as growing up, her best friend’s mom had a small shop at which she regularly helped. Now, two and a half years later, Maria loves being a part of the Julia Testa team – how every day is an opportunity to be surrounded by art, to connect to people, and to help customers bring their visions to life.
After graduating from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York in June, where they studied Chemistry and Chinese, Molly returned to the city and the family and close ties they have here. Getting a job in chemistry after college incited what Molly jokingly dubbed a “quarter-life crisis” realizing the career path they’d set out on might not be as linear as they’d originally imagined.
Previously enjoying customer service jobs, Molly sought a more people-facing, creative, and ever-changing work atmosphere than the chemistry position afforded, making their position at Julia Testa a perfect fit. As an artist outside work, Molly enjoys the inspiration and creativity of working in the floral industry – and being surrounded by passionate coworkers who feel the same.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Joanna moved to New York City last August to finish her final year of art school at Parson’s School of Design. Outside of Parson’s, Joanna teaches street jazz and hip-hop dance classes, in addition to her job with Julia Testa. Her creativity and passion for the arts doesn’t stop there, for as a multi-media artist, she is also adept at painting, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture.
Since working at Julia Testa, Joanna has been captivated by the artistry of flowers (her senior thesis will be in floral installation) and the day-to-day inspiration that comes from working with people she loves, and regularly connecting with and helping customers.
Born and raised in New York City, with a lifetime of NYC knowledge, there are few people more equipped to lead the walking flower deliveries for Julia Testa. He loves carrying colorful flowers though the familiar neighborhoods – bringing cheer not only to the people he’s bringing bouquets to, but also, everyone he passes by while doing so.
Kitami was no stranger to the flower delivery world before his job with Julia Testa, working for a different flower company before the pandemic. But after calling up and being immediately hired for the job with Julia Testa, he gained a newfound appreciation for the positive work atmosphere and close-knit team his job could provide. When Kitami isn’t spreading flowery joy throughout the NYC streets, he’s playing basketball and enjoying city life at its best.
Matiej “Matt” came to New York from Poland with his family in 2001. They sought greater financial and employment opportunities state-side, originally settling in Harlem, before moving to Brooklyn. With a background in math and exercise science, Matt worked an array of jobs, finding regular opportunities within the field of driving and delivery.
Matt came to Julia Testa after his workplace shutdown from the pandemic, finding a surprising amount of joy in delivering flowers. He describes the job as “calm” and loves that most people are happy and appreciative when receiving flowers. When he isn’t at work, Matt is training in mixed martial arts (MMA) and putting his exercise science degree to good use.
Born and raised in New York City, Brandon has been around flowers his whole life. With his dad and uncle owning a floral franchise growing up, Brandon was regularly called upon to help in their shop. He wore all the store’s hats, including shop worker, manager, and delivery driver.
But, seeking to strike out on his own venture, and when life’s circumstances called for him to pursue additional work opportunities, he found the job with Julia Testa. He loves the opportunity to continue his career in the floral industry, and also to learn about all the nuances of running a successful business from Julia. He appreciates the every-day working environment and being a part of a hardworking team.