Nese Ganch is the owner of Floral Arts Florist on Mt. Diablo Blvd., the only full-service florist in Lafayette. She is committed to offering beautiful floral arrangements and gifts, backed by attention to detail, and friendly, prompt, personal service. Working primarily with fresh flowers for customized floral arrangements, she creates plant assortments using various sizes of both blooming and green plants.
Floral Arts Florist’s services include delivery to Lafayette, Alamo, Orinda, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Pleasant Hill, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Diablo, Martinez, and Moraga.
What Nese enjoys about her business is working with fresh flowers and receiving satisfied feedback from smiling customers.
Good referral sources for Nese include corporate businesses, restaurants, event coordinators, and word of mouth from happy customers.
Nese regularly attends MDBW events, and says many members have been repeat customers at her shop. She enjoys the friendships she’s made, the networking opportunities that the group offers, as well as the valuable information she’s gained from member and guest speakers.
Giving back to the community is important to Nese, and she donates floral arrangements to numerous organizations for their fundraising events, and also donates extra flowers to many local assisted living communities.
When not running Floral Arts Florist, Nese enjoys cooking and getting together with family and friends, playing tennis, and traveling.
Miriam Schaffer is a college admissions coach helping high school and community college students on their path to college. Her work with students includes overall guidance to help them choose the best classes and extracurricular activities to meet their college goals. She also helps them choose colleges to apply to and provides assistance with completing and submitting applications. In addition, Miriam works with students on brainstorming topics for their college essays and University of California (UC) personal insight questions. She reviews and edits essays to get them ready for submittal.
Students Miriam has worked with have been accepted to all the University of California and Cal State campuses as well as many public and private colleges and universities nationwide.
Miriam enjoys helping students make the transition to college and helping them to find the college that is the best fit for them.
Good referrals for Miriam are high school students, community college students, and their parents. High school students who are targeting Ivy League or other top-tier schools should start preparing for college in their freshman or sophomore year of high school so that they can position themselves to stand out from the competition. Other good referrals are SAT or ACT tutors or other professionals who work with students and their families.
Miriam has been a member of MDBW for about 10 years and has made many friends and good connections in the group. She has served on the MDBW board for several years, first as publicity chair and currently as marketing co-chair with Lisa Andrews.
When not working with students and their parents, Miriam enjoys traveling, theater, the outdoors, and spending time with her husband and family.