After working in corporate positions for almost 10 years, Daniella Motley turned to her greatest natural inspiration for a change of pace. “Flowers have always been my gift and love language,” says the owner of Salt + Stem—a flower truck business grown from the seeds of Motley’s creativity, nostalgia, and passion for petals.
Since 2019, Motley has sold her vibrant bouquets bundled in brown paper and twine from an Instagram-worthy 1972 Ford F100. What started as weekend-only pop-ups has evolved into multiple weekly events, in addition to arrangements for intimate weddings and doorstep deliveries on three Saturdays a month. When Salt + Stem participated in a Valentine’s Day pop-up at Celadon in Mount Pleasant, Motley sold out in 15 minutes.
The vintage truck can display about 10 types of flowers—including tulips, sweet peas, snapdragons, and peonies in the spring— from which customers may purchase pre-made bouquets or pick stems to arrange their own. About 70 percent of the selection is sourced from local growers. Motley advises shoppers to choose “what makes you happy and what you think is beautiful.”
She is grateful that customers have incorporated her business into their milestones—whether for weddings, holidays, or a housewarming gift, they form the roots of Salt + Stem’s growth. “Having someone think of us in those important life moments is a big deal to me, no matter how small or large the order,” she says.
Find the truck at Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant on April 3, High Wire Distilling on April 10, and Graft Wine Shop on April 25.