Want to get the arrangement Oprah once got? Or do you just need something pretty asap? Here's where to score the perfect stems.
By Leah Jayasanker
Flowers make for a flawless home accessory and there's truly nothing more personable than receiving or gifting a fine bouquet. Florists come in all shapes and sizes, and selecting the right one for your needs can be a daunting experience. From SoBe to the Gables, and all the way north to Hallandale, whether it's a bargain you desire or an award winning floral designer, here's a list to satisfy your every budding need (yep, we so went there). Pistils & Petals
Nestled on the ever-so-busy Alton Road in South Beach, this tropical oasis is a hot spot for signature arrangements and artistic masterpieces. Possibly what enables this SoBe veteran to stick around is their consistent keen attention to detail. Props go out for their specialty of unique container gardening. 1060 Alton Road, Miami Beach; 305-534-5001 Flowers & Services
If you fancy all things genuine, this Coral Gables flower haven is an expert choice. According to store manager Andrea Chaparro, "We are very different from your typical flower store, as we specialize in natural and exotic flowers, where we get fresh flowers weekly from Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Holland." If you're steadfast for freshly cut options, Flowers & Services offers over 100 varieties to choose from. 366 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-460-6169Belle Fleur
For folks who consider themselves "floriculture snobs" Belle Fleur is right on target. Why? Because celebrated floral designer Mario Fernandez is on hand to craft a one-of-a-kind design just for you. His work is illustrious with celebs and sports figures (to name a few, Emilio Estefan, Oprah Winfrey and Alonzo Mourning), and his creations have adorned the catwalk for Carolina Herrera and covers of Bride magazine. If it'll get you one step closer to feeling like a star, Fernandez is definitely one to hire. Did we mention he's one of the top eight floral designers in the world? 333 Alcazar Ave., Coral Gables; 305-444-0883
Always Flowers & Events
Located in the Design District, Always epitomizes the concept of high-end floral masterpieces intended for artistic clientele. President Karen Cohen, notes, "We are known for taking an idea or a style that someone imagines and making it special. Our designs are crisp, architectural and lush, a difficult combination to achieve." With over a dozen years under their belt, Always is truly exercising their creative juices, as their lights are always on.60 NE 39th St., Miami; 305-572-1122
Photo credit: Julie DixsonAnthony's Florist & Gifts
Nancy Virga, Chief Operating Officer at Anthony's, explains one reason why this third generation family owned and operated business is super successful. "We are known for our corporate accounts as they enjoy free regular delivery fees to all areas we service and no service charges for orders placed in the United States." Some of Anthony's clients include: Wal-Mart, Walgreens and Florida Power & Light. Added bonus: Anthony's delivers to approximately 130 square miles of South Florida: now that's some serious square footage.701 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale; 305-895-6800Trias Flowers, Antiques & Gifts
As a family business since 1912, it's a guarantee Trias understands flowers. With bouquet orders for any occasion starting at $12 and local delivery fees under $11, this Miami establishment gets accolades for offering a sincere deal. In addition to their capacious assortment of specialty flowers, Trias provides accompaniments for flower arrangements -- anything from candles and fruit baskets to baby diaper cakes. Added bonus: they deliver as far north as Bal Harbour and as far out as West Miami. 6520 SW 40th St., Miami; 305-665-5300
Exquisite Floral Design
As a subsidiary of The Event Headquarters, Inc., Karsys Hernandez, Special Events Director, explains why Exquisite is special. "We handle everything from A-Z including catering, cakes, linen, entertainment and of course flowers." Added bonus: Exquisite handles orders 24/7, if it's last minute they've got you covered. 9762 SW 24th St., Miami; 305-559-8382
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Always Flowers. Photo: Julie Dixon