Along with stunning floral arrangements and unique gift items, Viviana serves up hometown comfort.
Viviana Grasso, Owner
Petal Play Design
As a child in Buenos Aires,Viviana Grasso spent hours in her grandfather’s city terrace where he had created an amazing garden with flowers in a vintage footed bathtub and huge iron urns. “After taking meticulous care of all his plants, we would come back down and sit on rockers in the courtyard. Grandma always had chilled green tea waiting for us and so I would rock back and forth like the jasmine and honeysuckle scented breeze. These are my first memories of flowers.”
Today Viviana runs Petal Play Design, which she describes as a “boutique type style, fullservice flower shop” in downtown Lemont. Viviana has helped organize several events for the downtown and was instrumental in the growth of the Lemont farmer’s market. When talking with her, one immediately senses her genuine affection for the town. “My favorite part is the overwhelming sense of community. You see, it’s a bit of a Floyd’s barber shop here. People like to come and hang out, say hi and share a cup of tea with Louise and me. Louise is my 2-year old wiener-beagle mix…she has a fan club.” Viviana’s advice to other creative entrepreneurs? “Spirit goes a lot farther than a dollar; build relationships and you’ll never be poor.”