With today’s Groupon, you need not wait for April to breed lilacs out of the dead land. This deal mixes memory and desire in fine floral form with $10 for $20 worth of gifts from Trias Flowers, Antiques & Gifts. Established in 1912, this family-owned boutique has nearly a century's worth of experience in masterfully prepping petals for every occasion: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mother's Day, and the holiday behind all great holidays, Administrative Professionals Day. Major flower holidays require two days’ notice to ensure on-time delivery.You: [Gender] Me: [Gender]
Suspended from gossamer strands, white orchids hover like butterflies above rows of champagne glasses. Avant Garden's wedding arrangements such as these shatter notions of the traditional bouquet, forming eye-nabbing centerpieces instead. This attention to detail extends to the flower center's everyday arrangements, which florists tenderly assemble in glass vases and hand-painted jars. Additionally, staff members happily work with gift-givers to construct personalized arrangements. Once they’ve adjusted each petal to customers’ liking, florists also provide tips for care, such as how to make arrangements last longer and proper tackling techniques for catching bridal bouquets.
Praised by the Miami New Times as 2010's Best One-Stop Art Depot, Jerry's Artarama is a sprawling 20,000-square-foot artists' oasis with a bounteous inventory of creative supplies. Aisles teem with the store's own proprietary product lines such as SoHo and Creative Mark, alongside imported products from around the world acquired through Jerry's relationships with international manufacturers. The store also stocks specialty and hard-to-find items that are rarely carried by large chain stores, such as specialty brushes for portraitists and extra-wide forks for professional mashed-potato sculptors.
As a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Andrea Beloff studiously refined her abstract oil-painting skills. But everything changed in her last year, when she learned the art of Japanese papermaking from one of its master practitioners, Hiromi Katayama. Although still sporting the occasional oil painting or watercolor, her work mostly consists of handmade paper collages, which depict the tropical landscapes that inspire her most.
Along with festivals and shows from California to New York, Andrea exhibits her award-winning pieces at her own gallery, where patrons can purchase reproductions. When she’s not generating said artworks, Andrea nurtures budding artists through her Paint Your Heart Out workshops, where students create their own paintings and collages.