By Kallie Gould, Marketing/Communications Intern, Independent We Stand
According to statistics from the National Retail Federation, the average person will spend $147, on candy, flowers, jewelry and assorted gifts. $1.9 billion is expected to be spent on flowers this year. With flowers being a Valentine’s Day staple, why not spread the love locally? Instead of picking up some roses at a big box store or ordering them from an unknown 800 number; consider a visit to your local independent florist. We've selected ten independent florists, across the country, to help you to think local!
Hall’s Flower Shop & Garden Center, Stone Mountain, GA
This flower shop offers two dozen Valentine’s Day specials, ranging from roses to balloon bouquets and chocolate truffles. They’re a family owned shop that has been in business since 1946 serving the Atlanta area, and offering same day delivery in the metro area.
Beaverton Florists, Inc., Beaverton, OR
Since 1943, Beaverton Florist has been delivering across the Portland Metro area with flowers for every occasion. Centrally located, they partner with local growers who share the same passion for flowers that they have. They are featuring four specials for Valentine’s Day.
Allan’s Flowers and More, Prescott, AZ
Allan’s Flowers has been handling holidays since 1914. And if flowers aren’t enough, they also offer a luxurious “Chocolate Lover” basket sure to be big enough for anyone’s sweet tooth. They even have flowers for the man in your life, offering the Red Hot Mustang Bouquet that comes in what else but a ceramic red mustang.
Broadway Floral Home and Garden, Portland, OR
Since 1928, Broadway Floral has been committed to providing unsurpassed service, the freshest of flowers and innovative designs to their customers. From tried and true traditional designs to 'high-end', from the ’English Garden' look to trendy and sophisticated, the design staff has the creativity and experience to exceed your expectations. Broadway Floral offers twice daily delivery service to not only Portland, but to 13 other cities in the Portland metro area.
Rosa Rosa, New York, NY
Opened in 1987, Rosa Rosa was the first store in New York to specialize in roses. They have a world of colors and varieties in five different sizes. With top quality roses at affordable prices and fresh Ecuadorian Roses and Dutch flowers delivered daily you’re bound to find the perfect bouquet for Valentine’s Day.
Salvy the Florist, Lynn, Massachusetts
This is truly an amazing success story. Salvy Migliaccio, Sr., didn’t speak a word of English, when he came to the U.S. By day, he worked in his brother's flower shop; by night, he attended school. After many long hours and unfailing perseverance, Salvy, Sr. was able to open his own store in 1962. By then his son, eight year old Salvy Migliaccio, Jr., was already quickly learning the flower business from his father. In the 70’s after graduating college Salvy Jr. decided to join the family business. They offer a wide range of both Valentine’s Day roses and flower arrangements.
Wood’s Flowers and Gifts, College Park, MD
Family owned and operated since 1938, serving the College Park area of Maryland. Wood’s offers over two dozen Valentine’s Day options. From romantic roses to impressive modern bouquets, they can help you select beautiful and affordable flowers for Valentine’s Day and deliver them to College Park, MD or nationwide.
Dallas Petal Pushers, Dallas, TX
Petal Pushers is a family owned and operated business. The owners, Shelley Robertson and Tonya Carroll, have been in the floral business for more than ten years. Each order is handled individually and with a custom flair, utilizing mainly locally produced merchandise. As small business owners, Shelley and Tonya are committed to supporting other local businesses, in addition to giving back to the community. They also offer free local delivery and have dozens of floral arrangements to choose from for Valentine’s Day.
The Blossom Shop, Charlotte, NC
Since 1929, Charlotte residents have chosen The Blossom Shop to make their special occasions even more special with glorious flowers, artfully arranged. They use the finest flowers delivered daily from growers around the world.
Touch of Love Florist and Weddings, Canon City, CO
Going on their 33rd year of business in the Canon City area, they specialize in fresh floral designs, weddings and more. They have well over a dozen Valentine’s Day inspired bouquets with same day delivery. The store also offers Fandie’s Fresh Fudge. Fandie’s Candy Company shut down years ago, however the owner Debi Moore was friends with the owners of Touch of Love and decided to bring the popular fudge back!
About the Author
Kallie recently graduated from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA with a B.A. in Journalism. Since becoming a writer for Independent We Stand, she is trying to shop at Target less and adopt the ‘buy local’ lifestyle. Her favorite independent business is Joe Patti’s Fish Market by her parents in Pensacola, FL. Which is a family owned and operated market since 1931. She hopes to continue her work with Independent We Stand as she believes it is a good cause.