Like children, flowers are not born with romantic aptitude but must learn it from a lifetime of listening to the whispered sweet nothings of amorous bees. Pollinate relationships with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of flowers and plants at Oakland Flower Market.
With roots that stretch back to 1927, the Oakland Flower Market stretches across 10,000 sq. feet, with one-third dedicated to the floral department, and houses three walk-in coolers that store aesthetically pleasing ground-sprouts imported from countries as far reaching as the Netherlands, Thailand, and Australia. The large coolers keep floral varieties such as lilies and tulips (market price) from breaking a sweat. Patrons may also take home a phalaenopsis orchid ($15.99+) or cymbidium orchid plant ($29.99) to add an exotic flair to dull living rooms or drab ovens.