None of what is happening at Bloom would be possible without the incredible team behind it. With our Meet the Team Series, we will be introducing the individuals who are working hard to make all of this possible.

Now, meet one of our co-founders, Patrick, the President & Design Director

Portrait of Patrick Stroud

What is your role at Bloom?
President and Design Director

Where did the idea of Bloom, bloom?
When I was in a meeting at the Washington State Wine Commission, someone said I should check out Vin65 (now WineDirect). Then I told myself, “We can do that, but better.”

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I can remember when I was seven I wanted to be an architect. I spent the next 15 years of my life working towards that goal, and getting a degree from an accredited university. Then I discovered the internet, and the rest is history.

Whom in the world would you most like to share a meal with?
I love simple, back-yard meals with friends and family.

What is your biggest vice?
Work. I love my job and the people I work with, so I'm hooked.

Who has inspired you most in your career?
My first boss. I was an office assistant, and I learned how to talk to customers, managing the cash register, the importance of accurate accounting… the basics of running a business. I still use those skills today. Thanks Dave!

What would people be surprised to know about you.
I'm a gearhead.

How do you define success?
Knowing that you're providing something of value to someone else.

It's the middle of winter here in Seattle, what is your favorite drink for these grey skies?
Woodinville Rye Whisky, neat.

Do you have a motto or personal mantra?
Keep it simple.

Where were you born and raised?
Virginia Beach, Virginia

What do you love most about Virginia Beach?
I grew up on the beach and love/miss the ocean.

OK quick answer!

Coffee or wine? Wine

Podcast or book? Book

Texting or talking? Talking

Invisibility or super strength? Invisibility

Cake or pie? Pie

Star Wars or Lord of the Rings? Star Wars

Ocean or mountains? Ocean

Climb a mountain or jump from a plane? Climb a mountain

Ninjas or pirates? Ninja

Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster? Tiny elephant.

Photo by Mara Dillinger