Often I ask small business owners what drives their professional aesthetic. Kirsten VanDijk of My Passion Flower has given me perhaps the most comprehensive of answers. “The decorative arts have taken a huge hit in the name of expediency,” she laments as we tour her symbiotically potted plants and myriad vintage clothing - all brimming with personality. “I’ve learned that, if you buy quality items, you’ll do it right,” and I could not agree more. My Passion Flower thrives on featuring handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces that are displayed in organic vignettes. Quality manifests itself in reimagined furniture and home goods, American-made bar ware and handsome displays of local art. The owner, an accomplished horticulturalist, also shares her wealth of creativity with those planning events or weddings, designing custom floral arrangements upon request. After a wave of commercialism permeating the holiday season, I find it therapeutic to treat yourself to something special and unique. At this Bristol boutique, it’s not a stretch to imagine Kirsten’s merchandise in your own abode.