• Spring Events Blossom With These Three Flower Shops

     
    FROM THE Summer 2014 ISSUE
     

FROM PEONIES TO ROSES, there’s nothing like a bunch of flowers to enliven an event. Celebrate spring’s arrival with brightly colored flowers from one of these three Twin Cities floral shops.

Spruce Flowers and Home

To create a floral masterpiece for a customer, owner Amy Backman sits down with each client to dig in and really figure out what they’re looking for. "We like to customize," says Backman. "We don’t have a cookie-cutter design template. We love collaborating."

Spruce Flowers and Home, with two locations in Minneapolis and Edina, delivers to the entire Twin Cities metro area. The company sources flowers from all over the world, but also uses local wholesalers, giving them a wide variety of blooms to use."We have such a wide assortment to choose from, so it makes it fun," says Backman. "We can really make things custom and unique."

Hermes Floral

The oldest of the bunch, Hermes Floral has been around for more than 100 years. While its location has changed (moving just a few blocks down the street from the original location two years ago), the customer service has remained the same. "Everybody that works here is very friendly," says Sandy Biedler, coowner. "We really care about what we send out and we try to make the customer happy."

The St. Paul shop delivers to the metro area, with a minimum purchase of $35, and Biedler recommends ordering flowers about two weeks in advance. For spring fetes, Biedler notes roses, tulips and hydrangeas are all a perfect choice.

Best Wishes Floral

For Frank Bohlander, owner of the Golden Valley-based flower shop, it doesn’t get much better than spending time with customers. "I really enjoy working with people to make events come together in a really exciting and positive way," he says. Customers can have flowers delivered all over the west metro area from the company, which uses as many locally produced blooms as possible. Bohlander says Best Wishes, which has been in business for 28 years, stands apart because of its modest size. "We can work with people at kind of a little different level," he says. "I like to think we take the time to get it right."

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