Some people only think about flowers when it comes to special occasions, holidays, or events but it’s almost always the perfect act of self-care. Flowers bring joy, warm up a space, and serve as a reminder that the world is full of beauty. You can never go wrong when it comes to a floral arrangement. We’ve rounded up a list of local, independently-owned floral shops that pay homage to the beauty with their inspiring floral designs and creations. Read to learn more about these boutique floral shops in Essex county and find the one nearest you.
Blooms in Hand | 228 Claremont Avenue, Verona
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At first, owner Anna Coy was only interested in the concept of a floral subscription service, which she started in her at-home workshop after receiving overwhelming support from the online community. Fast forward a few years and she is now the proud owner of Blooms in Hand, a full-service studio. In addition to subscriptions, Blooms in Hand also offers wedding and special event floral design, workshops, and bouquet bars. At a bouquet bar, guests can create their own arrangements with guidance and tips from a designer as a souvenir from your event.
Brave Floral | 87 Baker Street, Maplewood
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At Brave Floral, the name represents one of the business’s core values — unafraid of taking risks to do what is decent and right. It is committed to prioritizing local vendors, which means all of the flowers come from within 100 miles of the store; minimizing environmental impact by avoiding single-use plastics in its products; and composting the botanical waste generated. When customers shop at Brave Floral, not only are they likely to leave with a stunningly beautiful arrangement, they may also walk out with a new house plant (because you always need another), candy, or other artisanal goods also sold at the store.
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Clores Flowers & Gifts | 590 Valley Road, Montclair
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Regardless of your personal knowledge or experience with flowers, the staff at Clores Flowers are always ready to rise to the occasion. A Readers Choice winner by Morris & Essex Magazine in 2020, the shop located on Valley Road is immediately inviting with its outdoor display of seasonal flowers, plants, and shrubs while the inside is lush with greenery and flowers in bloom. Let the experts at Clores help design the perfect gift for a special someone or consult for your next big event and no one will be disappointed.
Garden of Edith Floral Design | 54 South Orange Avenue, South Orange
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If designing a custom arrangement has ever crossed your mind, then the flower bar at Garden of Edith might be the perfect place to give it a try. The store has a wide variety of fresh and dried flower stems that can be individually purchased to bring that one-of-a-kind touch to any bouquet or gift. The Instagram page is filled with helpful tips and tricks for flower care and maintenance, like how to hydrate and cautiously open the buds on a flower. Garden of Edith has also been active in event design before the storefront opening, which means it is a great option for your next event.
Jerry Rose Floral | 176 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood
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The name Jerry Rose can often be seen in print with the likes of Marcy Blum, famed New York event designer and planner, the NFL, and brands such as Bvlgari and Versace, which have partnered with the floral studio in the past. It comes as no surprise then that walking through the Jerry Rose studio is a jaw-dropping experience filled with lush greens and boldly bright flowers arranged in a variety of planters, pots, and furniture. From a home garden and tablescapes to corporate events and intimate gatherings, Jerry Rose can do it all and do no wrong.
Scarlett Blooms | 126 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston
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Vennissa Scarlett-Bassey is the owner, floral designer, and visionary behind Scarlett Blooms. While the store has only been open a few years, Vennissa has been a trusted florist in the event space for over 10 years under the business name Scarlett Expressions. Back at Scarlett Blooms, customers can find flowers to fit any occasion or even customize an arrangement. There are also home delivery subscriptions available for those who like a fresh bouquet every week or month. Consider attending, or even hosting, a floral design workshop for the next girls’ night out, where guests get together to design something of their own to take home.
Studio Nectar at Moss & More | 246 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair
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The floral arrangements by Amy Gofton of Studio Nector have modern compositions, layers of texture, and such distinct color combinations, they will make anyone swoon. The floral design studio is a full-service florist offering design, consultation, and installation services for every scale. While Studio Nectar currently does not have its own storefront, every week from Thursday to Sunday, the team can be found at Moss & More where there is a stem bar filled with luscious florals where patrons can assemble their own arrangements. The store is also where Studio Nectar hosts floral workshops, great for a night out or private event.
Wildly Floral Co. | 9 Scotland Road, Montclair
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Wildly Floral Co. is all about nature-inspired floral design. Owner Josi Stone is passionate about highlighting nature’s beauty and evoking a connection with that beauty through florals. Sustainability is also at the forefront so the store participates in composting and utilizes recyclable or reusable products where possible. Wildly Floral is anticipating the completion of its storefront this spring (follow on Instagram for updates). In the meantime, orders can be placed for pickup and delivery on the website. Reservations for hands-on workshops can also be reserved now in anticipation of the grand opening.