Before flower bouquets, regretful suitors had to express apologies by writing haikus, performing dance routines, and sending easily misinterpreted smoke signals. Communicate effectively without soot-covered hands using today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of floral arrangements at Catherine's Flowers & Gifts in Essex.
Catherine's Flowers & Gifts has been enlivening events and illuminating living rooms with fresh floral arrangements for more than 60 years. The professional on-staff designers excel at creating both traditional and contemporary styles. Colorful storefront window displays dazzle passersby with vibrant arrangements, such as the Make A Wish, a multichromatic mélange of yellow daisy spray chrysanthemums, purple matsumoto asters, and and hot pink miniature carnations ($35). Yellow roses, red miniature gerberas, and purple statice in the Garden Parade arrangement say "I love you" or "I'm a big fan of pollination" ($50). Though not included with this deal, Catherine's makes direct deliveries to more than 80 zip codes in the area.