By M.K. McGarrity
Special to Brooklyn Eagle
Orchid Florist offers flowers, plants and gifts of all varieties for every occasion. This venerable Brooklyn flower shop stocks much more than its name implies. While orchids are a mainstay of the business and continue to be extremely popular, Orchid produces bouquets, arrangements and boxes of cut flowers ranging from the ever popular and traditional roses and lilies to the most exotic blossoms imaginable.
The store sits just off the corner of 71st Street and Fifth Avenue. If the lush plant life and tasteful decorations in the front window don't capture your attention, the delightful aroma of flowers will surely tempt you to venture inside. In fact, the whiff of air coming out of the shop itself often strikes passersby as an unusual, but pleasing, scent.
Once inside, you will see a wall of refrigerated cases with bouquets ready for delivery and an adorable row of teddy bears waiting for placement in special gift orders.
Orchid Florist delivers throughout the city boroughs and Long Island. It also has a network for floral deliveries outside the local area and the staff will be happy to take your order.
Special events, such as weddings and other large parties, are happily accommodated with just a month's notice, according to Dan, a helpful and cheerful member of staff.
Flowers cut for delivery in vases generally last longer, and the shop is well situated to provide any size arrangement or bouquet you might need.
While the business may import blooms from as far away as Ecuador, Mexico, and Holland (just imagine the fields of tulips in that country), it makes every effort to source its plants locally. This attention to growth zone means that their plants will not "shock" at the New York climate and will therefore be more likely to thrive.
The "quality of flowers" and "their freshness" separate Orchid Florist from its competitors, according to Dan.
Orchid Florist also offers a special service of building and lobby holiday decorating. The staff works on many buildings throughout the city, particularly throughout the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year seasons.
Especially on holidays like Valentine's Day, the staff at Orchid Florist is happy to recommend the size and color of any arrangement.
Orchid Florist Incorporated is located at 7102 Fifth Ave. For more information, call (718) 833-8949, or (800) 547-1245, or check out the web page at www.brooklynorchidflowers.com.
The shop is open seven days a week: Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.