BUCKTOWN — A flower and present shop marketing bouquets, ceramics and other gifts opens Saturday in Bucktown.
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, 2001 N. Oakley Ave., is the newest task from Ananda Zoe Breslof, owner of longtime Bucktown specific party florist Flowerlife, Inc.
Breslof has provided flowers and bouquets for weddings, functions and other activities for extra than 20 years. But company immediately dried up when the pandemic hit, forcing her to commence marketing right to the community.
“I achieved out to the Bucktown local community and requested them: … I operate an occasion organization, there are no events — does any one want to buy flower bouquets from me? And they just stepped up and aided me out,” Breslof reported. “It just led me to my pandemic pivot of accomplishing one thing I’ve constantly needed to do, which is opening up a retail division.”
The store’s total name is A Tree Grows In Brooklyn — Bucktown Department, an homage to Breslof’s household of Brooklyn, New York, and the Betty Smith novel of the exact identify.
The retail store will give types of new and preserved bouquets, a weekly and biweekly flower membership support, ceramics and getaway gifts.
“I’ve always dreamed about opening up a retail store. And I definitely struggled hard for a very long time to get this heading. I know a whole lot of firms that had been compelled to shut down, so I truly feel quite fortunate that I’m capable to pivot this way,” Breslof mentioned.
Breslof is continuing to run Flowerlife, which is working a number of blocks north close to Fullerton and Western avenues. She said she’s previously experienced a single event canceled about concerns about COVID-19’s Omicron variant, which was detected in Chicago Tuesday, but she is optimistic much more weddings and functions will return in 2022.
All through the pandemic, Breslof also started out supplying absent bouquets to people nominated by group associates for a “flower pick-me-up.” She strategies to proceed that apply by her new keep.
“The neighborhood stepped up, so I’m stepping up. I’m heading to give away absolutely free bouquets for wonderful persons who will need them. Why not? Which is what I’m in this organization for, to make men and women joyful,” she claimed.
Breslof is keeping an open up home noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Immediately after that, a Tree Grows In Brooklyn will be open up 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
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