A local entrepreneur has moved on from painting stars on ceilings to inscribing messages and images on flowers.
Matt Barklage of South Whitehall Township said he started Chatty Treasures, a new business with his wife, Maria. It involves applying phrases and corporate logos to roses and other items where you wouldn’t necessarily find printed messages.
“This is just another way to express your feelings for people,” Barklage said.
Barklage had been operating a business called Starscapes F/X, where he would paint stars on the ceilings of rooms. However, six months ago, a fall broke his vertebrae and spelled the end of the business, which was founded in 2018.
He started looking for another venture and settled on Chatty Treasures. The company, which operates out of his house, is a licensee of Speaking Roses, a flower printer based in Utah.
Barklage said the printing process is proprietary but noted that it is designed so it won’t hurt flower petals.
He eventually wants to print on fruit, candy, hamburger buns, donuts and cookies, among other edibles. While he can create those products now, his initial focus is flowers.
“It’s a learning curve, especially for me,” Barklage said.
He charges clients a one-time $10 charge for the printing template and $50 for a dozen roses with messages printed on them.
He plans to use his own vehicle to provide free delivery of the roses to the Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton areas and surrounding communities, he said.
Eventually, he wants to grow the business out of his house and into a warehouse.