March 2011

DC Blooms: Caruso's Flowers

Check out Caruso's Flowers in DC: 

1717 M St NW

Washington, D.C. 20036

(202)223-3816 or (800)628-3491

I am pretty sure this company is locally owned, but they use a website template that looks like others across DC (and the country). The service is always great but I wish they would develop their own web presence to set themselves apart from all of the others.

From the site:

Ashley's Flowers - Detroits Best!

If you want some great flowers (at a great price) in Detroit, seek out Ashley's Flowers! They have everything you could need or want - all wrapped up in a great little package!

Check the store out at:

Ashley's Flowers
333 E. Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48226

(313) 222-1777

Ashley's Flowers features:

  • Large inventory of fresh flowers
  • Tropicals
  • Plants
  • European/dish gardens
  • Contemporary and traditional arrangements
  • High-style floral arrangements
  • Weddings
  • Funeral designs
  • Gourmet and fruit baskets
  • Candles
  • Mylar balloons
  • Plush animals

Debbie's Bloomer's - El Paso's Largest Flower Shop

If you need some great flowers in El Paso, make sure to check out Debbie's Bloomer's - El Paso's Largest Flower Shop. They have pretty much everything and the prices are reasonable. I love that everything is "bigger (and better)" in Texas, and Debbie's Bloomer's really is the largest and best!

Check them out at:

1580 George Dieter

 El Paso TX 79936
(915) 857-8600
 (800) 333-7081

Best Dallas Florist: Cebolla Fine Flowers

If you are looking for flowers in Dallas, make sure to check out Cebolla Fine Flowers. Not only are they actually local (many others online pretend to be) but they have great service and even better arrangements. Stop in at either location (Monday-Saturday: 9 AM — 6 PM):

Phone: 214-369-7673
5610 Maple Avenue (at Inwood)
Dallas, Texas 75235

Phone: 214-369-7673
4415 Lovers Lane (at Armstrong)
Dallas, TX 75225

Thumbs Up: Gentry's Flowers (Colorado Springs)

If you are looking for a local florist in the Colorado Springs area, check out Gentry's Flowers at 225 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Colorado Springs, CO. 80903. I am sure they will take good care of you - and they are local - so the money you spend stays in your community!

With Easter coming up, now might be a good time to give them a try!

Not Local:

Do you need an awesome Easter floral arrangement? If you like to make sure your money is going to a local company (like I do), I would avoid - the company couldn't be further away from the state of Ohio! This website is owned by:

"Gift Services, Inc
1800 W Fourth Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98660"

If they can't even be honest about who and where they are - how are they going to get your special flowers right?

Easter Flowers in Chicago

If you are looking for some really great Easter arrangements in Chicago check out K &K Flowers and Gifts. They have pretty much everything you can want and the prices are pretty reasonable, too!

Find themin person (or on the phone) at: 135 S La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60603 Local: 312-726-3357

From the site:

"We are a local florist serving Chicago and suburbs for over 70 years from the heart of Chicago. We make daily delivery to Chicago and over 200 suburbs including northern Indiana!"

Has anyone Used Todd's Flowers?

I am looking for (scoping out might be more suitable) a really great florist in the Charlotte, NC area and I came across Todd's Flowers through a Google search. Does anyone out there have any experience with this company? I want to buy a couple hundred dollars worth of flowers for Easter but I don't know if they are reputable - any help would be appreciated!

St. Patrick's Day Flower Basket (with Potatoes)

Celebrate An Gorta Mór ("The Great Hunger")!

1-800-Flowers is offering an... interesting arrangement for the upcoming holiday aptly named the St. Patrick's Day Flower Basket. Here's the kicker though - the florists apparently got lazy and just threw in some potatoes. If you like to think of everything as a conspiracy (like I do) perhaps there is something even more sinister afoot - like the glamorization of the deaths of millions of Irish people in the mid 1800's. 

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Need a cheap date idea or just want to get away? Check out the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is a 4.5 acre botanical garden in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. In addition to a conservatory, it includes over a dozen varieties of subtropical palms, bromeliads, Japanese garden, topiary, and orchids. The Garden is open Tuesday to Sunday during business hours. There is no charge for admission.

Find them at:

2000 Convention Center Dr Miami Beach, FL 33139

Winston Flowers: Boston's Best

If you are looking for Flowers in the Boston area, make sure to check out Winston Flowers - they are the best!

they have shops at the folowing locations:

Boston - Back Bay   131 Newbury Street Boston - Back Bay  Address: 131 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02116  Hours: Regular Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9am-6:00pm, Sunday: 11am-5pm  Contact: 800.457.4901 

Boston - Financial District   176 Federal St. Boston - Financial District  Address: 176 Federal St. Boston, MA 02110  Hours: Regular Hours: Monday - Friday: 8am-6:00pm, Saturday - Sunday:Closed**  Contact: 800.457.4901 

Suicidal Crisis

My Friend's Cry For Help

My heart is just so unnerved right now; I just got off the phone with the Houston Crisis Hotline (my friend lives near Houston, TX) and the National Suicide Hotline and I feel like my hands are still tied since I'm so far away. At the encouragement of my family I called those numbers to find out what I can do considering that I’m 1500 miles away from my friend, whom I see as a “little brother,” was that he has been thinking of attempting to do it yet again. I remember his previous attempt clear as day.