New business offers creative gift ideas

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A new business is opening up in southwest Fort Wayne that offers creative gift options.

Local entrepreneur Sheila Murphy hosted an open house on Saturday for Artistic Arrangements, LLC. The business specializes in customized gift baskets and balloon arrangements.

Murphy designs gift baskets in a variety of sizes, colors and themes containing gifts and treats chosen specifically for the recipient and the occasion.  Although most of the gift items are arranged in baskets, Artistic Arrangements can use “any type of container you can put something into,” according to Murphy, and can add balloons and flowers to enhance the design.

Murphy attended the World Balloon Convention in Denver, Colorado, last month where she earned the certification of Certified Balloon Artist (CBA). More than 600 balloon professionals from around the world attended the convention, where design and business classes were taught and balloon competitions took place.

“I can’t wait to apply what I learned at WBC to my decorating jobs and to my business. Just being around balloon artists from around the world and seeing their designs has taken my vision for the business and my designing ability to another level,” Murphy said. “I learned new techniques and designs from the best in the business, which will allow me to better serve my customers and offer balloon arrangements that are unique to the current balloon market in Fort Wayne.”

Artistic Arrangements is located in a strip mall on the corner of 2618 Brooklyn Avenue and Covington Road, Suite 2.

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