The first recorded speculative bubble centered on Dutch tulips, which were believed to have fantastic healing properties. Cash in your futures before the market collapses with today's deal: for $25, you get $50 worth of flowers, gift baskets, balloons, and more from Gidas Flowers, a florist in Oakland.
The Gidas family has owned and operated its flower shop for more than 90 years and four generations. It's safe to say they know flowers: how to arrange them, how to keep them fresh, which blossoms are best for a given occasion, and the specific bud that contains a long-suffering fairy with no magical abilities of which to speak. The shop provides daily arrangements and deliveries to Pittsburgh and its surrounding suburbs. For $40, buy a loved one a glass bowl of multi-colored roses, a spray of pink, yellow, and peach blooms that symbolize gratitude, friendship, and affection. For $45, get a zen arrangement of purple dendrobium orchids sure to calm even the most throb-veined of screaming military generals. A variety of fruit baskets are also available ($35–$100), supplying customers so many bananas, chocolates, and tea-cakes that the intended recipient will forego celebrating his or her birthday to sit in a dark closet and relentlessly snack.
If pre-selected flower selections aren't what the demanding mother-in-law ordered, Gidas's staff of floral artisans will happily assist befuddled gift-seekers in selecting appropriate blooms. The shop's open-air flower display is perfect for selecting your own flowers, as more than 20 varieties are on display daily for smelling, feeling, and touching. The staff won't allow amateur design mistakes, and they'll guide any funeral attendees away from the mylar balloons with a steady hand. Flowers brighten up winter and match spring as gracefully as melty cheese complements toasted bread. A colorful bouquet is equally beautiful tossed over a bride's shoulder as it is while being eaten by the cat on his 11th birthday. Whatever the occasion or non-occasion, flowers bring about a touch of happiness that didn’t exist before.
- Only place to buy flowers in Pittsburgh! Their staff is very helpful and their arrangements are very high quality and creative, not just carnations and dasies [sic] stuffed into a vase like some florists. – j3p2g, Google Maps
- I have no clue how to pick out flowers or what should go with what but the sales staff are always so helpful that they make shopping a breeze. I love this store for all my floral needs. – Robert T., Judy's Book
- The staff was very accommodating and the service was great. – Laura, Google Maps