Studio Choo is the methodology of two best friends, Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo, who share a love for things natural and wild.
Jill and Alethea create mixed-garden compositions with local flowers, plants and foraged natural treasures in a style that can be characterized as unconventional, sculptural, beautiful. Co-authors of "The Flower Recipe Book" and "The Wreath Recipe Book," their work has been featured in renown publications and blogs such as "Martha Stewart Weddings," "Once Wed" and "Style Me Pretty." Studio Choo travels across the country flowering weddings, speaking at lecture engagements and teaching floral design classes.
WHY IS YOUR NAME CHOO?
Studio Choo started with a sneeze. Jill's tiny sneeze, to be exact. It was so small Alethea remarked upon this tiny sneeze and thus "Choo" became a shared nickname between the two. They remained friends when Alethea left the Bay Area and dreamed of starting a business together one day. Upon Alethea's return in early 2009, they took the plunge, opened their floral studio and the eponymous Studio Choo was born.
After running the business out of Jill's kitchen, Alethea's Honda Element, and a garage in South San Francisco for a year, they were ready for a new home base. In January 2010, Studio Choo joined forces with Magpie & Rye and Small Stump to form Prairie Collective. They opened a small studio/showroom in San Francisco's NOPA neighborhood featuring fresh flowers, jewelry and home accessories with an emphasis on natural materials, and souvenirs of the past.
In March of 2013, Studio Choo moved and expanded to a new space located in South San Francisco. The space was designed to be a workshop for weddings and events and a home for all kinds of classes and events.
Big changes are in the works for 2017 as well! Jill has relocated to Newport, RI and is setting up Studio Choo East (taking on weddings, events, and weekly clients for 2017). Alethea is heading up Studio Choo West and will continue to take on floral projects and events all over the SF Bay Area. Both of the Choos will teach workshops and classes and they have a few joint events in the works for next year. Sign up for the mailing list below to keep updated on current events!