Grady's Collective Market on Fulton is becoming a really cool mixed bag of wares - new, vintage, home furnishings, paper goods and now flowers. Kathleen Hyppolite launched kat flower at the collective a few months ago and has recently moved her blooms to the front of the shop. CHB chatted with her about her new business, how it fits into the Collective and flower shopping tips for spring.
1. Tell us about Kat Flowers and how it fits in to Grady's Collective. kat flower is boutique flower shop that combines charm, elegance, simplicity and beauty. like the rest of grady's collective market, the assortment of flowers is well-curated, dynamic and fresh, interesting yet always accessible. having fresh flowers as part of the collective is reminiscent of the markets in paris, amsterdam and london, however we remain true to our unique brooklyn style.
2. What's your background, and how did you start arranging flowers? i am a native brooklynite and event planner of many years and have had the opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the city's best floral designers. i have always loved playing with flowers, arranging them for myself, family, friends and clients. i got tired and frustrated of having to leave my neighborhood for flowers and being limited to the farmer's market and deli tulips. i want to make beautiful, fresh, high-quality flowers accessible.
3. What kinds of flowers are typically available this time of year? spring is springing so there is so much beauty to choose from. i love tree blossoms...dogwood, forsythia, peach and of course cherry. also lilac, sweet peas, hellebores, tulips, narcissus, hyacinth, daffodils and jasmine.
4. What kinds of services do you offer? kat flower sells blooms by the stem, hand-tied bouquet and arrangement. for gift orders, we buy fresh per order so please contact us and we will arrange something special for the next day. for weddings and events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a consultation.
5. What do you recommend as a floral gift for a romantic partner who isn't into the cliche dozen roses? a floral gift is no different from any other kind of gift -- it should be thoughtful, personal and meaningful. if they like fresh scents, an arrangement with freesia, hyacinth or lilies would be lovely. if they love color, ranunculus and tulips have quite a range. if they love simple beauty, you can't go wrong with an orchid. and i also am in favor of the perfect single stem...a single peony or dahlia would definitely make me happy.
(flower photos by derrick raphael)
Kathleen maintains a blog on her latest inspirations and inventory at http://katflower.blogspot.com/.
kat flower 923 fulton street (inside gradys collective market) cross streets clinton & washington avenues c train to clinton-washington
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