Discover Our Story

  • It All Started In 2014

    In a Valentine’s Day snowstorm, one woman made the first 100% local arrangements, and delivered them with friends. The response was huge.

  • The First Studio

    Now a team of floral designers works in a light-filled studio making arrangements for daily delivery that tell the story of the time and place the flowers were grown.

  • Environmental Impact

    In response to the waste and impact of the international floral trade, where flowers are neither fresh nor seasonal, Little Acre provides locally-sourced arrangements that are sustainable, beautiful and long-lasting.

Meet The Team

We’re a crew of passionate, flower-obsessed women who delight in sharing joy through flowers.

Tobie Whitman

FOUNDER

Tobie Ellen Whitman is a recovering policy wonk who found her passion amidst flowers and farmers. In 2014, Tobie shifted from a career in international women’s empowerment with USAID and different NGOS to being a small business owner focused on growing the local flower movement. She has an undergraduate degree in social studies and a PhD in History. She loves helping people to make creative career transitions – drop her a line!

A Bit More:

- Dutch grandmother fostered her lifetime love of flowers

- She’s originally from San Diego

- She once drove the Pan-American highway for 9 months with her now husband

Amber Flack

GM & Partner + Lead Designer

For Amber, the best part about the world of flowers is bringing joy into people’s everyday lives. In addition to her creative passion and love of nature, she brings experience in marketing, logistics, and customer service to Little Acre, after years spent managing teams in the tech and startup world (and running an event florals business on the side!). She grew up in Upstate New York and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Public Relations.

A Bit More:

- Loves a cottage garden aesthetic

- Is our in-house queen of wreath making

- Married her high school sweetheart and is mom to two littles

Brigid Cowdrey

Floral Buyer + Lead Designer

Brigid Cowdrey delights in locally grown flowers and loves sourcing the best blooms and greenery that farmers in our region have to offer. Her favorite challenge is creating color palettes and takes every opportunity to include unique and unexpected elements in her floral designs. She studied graphic design in college and worked for a decade in that industry before catching the floral bug and jumping in to work at Little Acre.

A Bit More:

- She enjoys baking decadent treats for her friends and family

- Her favorite flower is the daffodil because they are blooming around her birthday

- She has lived all over the country and really loves the unique culture of the DC area

Julia Gezo

Events Manager + Lead Designer

Julia runs our weddings and events and is passionate about working with all the amazing clients who book with Little Acre. She loves planning and executing alongside her clients and always enjoys seeing the photos celebrating their momentous occasions. Julia originally grew up in Annapolis, MD and previously worked in marketing/advertising, but is grateful she was pulled into the floral world so her days can be surrounded by beautiful local blooms!

A Bit More

- Loves to travel and has visited over 11 countries

- Bright colored flowers are her favorite, especially coral charm peonies 

- Is a mom to a little gal and has twins on the way

Alexis Davis

Studio Manager

Alexis Davis joined Little Acre in the spring of 2022 after a lifetime of secretly dreaming of working with flowers. Combining her eye for beauty, her experience managing in the service industry, and her love for all things nature and plant related, she has finally brought her joyful spirit to the flower industry. Alexis is a native Washingtonian first graduating from the National Cathedral School and then Howard University where she received her Bachelor's degree in Art History.

A Bit More

- Her love of flowers is a natural extension of her work as an herbalist, mystic, and ceremonialist

- She once spent a week camping in Minnesota protesting the Line 3 tar sands pipeline

- She is partial to a solo road trip in a fast muscle car

Jillian Lafitte

Floral Designer

Jillian Lafitte has a passion for flowers and people. She discovered her love for flowers as a backyard gardener and decided to dive into the world of floral artistry. Her background is in Cosmetology and she uses her knowledge of color theory and placement to assist her in floral arrangements.

A Bit More

- She trekked the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal  

- Enjoys trying new coffee shops in her free time 

- Addicted to making floral wearables

Lily Tracy

Studio Assistant

Lily is inspired by all of the possibilities of life. Her vast interests in fashion, flowers, and literature have led her down many paths. You can often find her reading and writing as she studies to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English. Otherwise she enjoys long walks, boxing, thrifting, and spending time with her friends and family.

A Bit More

- She's a model and YouTube content creator

- She collects vintage designer items from secondhand shopping

- One of her favorite parts of floral design is knowing the joy it brings customers