This shop is 100% dedicated.
If you are taking a drive towards the lower Hudson Valley you can now visit this little flower shop situated on the main street in Nyack NY. Congratulation! Today was opening day, and it’s owner Kris Burns is beaming.
The shop is called Festoons.
And it is charming. The moment you approach this little gem the window display draws you right in. Kris’s display of vintage bottles holding lovely blooms takes your breath away. As you walk through the threshold, then it hits you, all the pretties typically found in a flower shop all delicately arranged with little vignettes throughout the shop.
Why is this such a big deal?
In my opinion what makes this flower shop extra special, is that Kris is committed to selling only 100% locally grown flowers. No imported flowers in this shop. If you are wondering why this is such a big deal?
Aren’t all flowers beautiful no matter where they come from? Well yes and no, let me fill you in on something you might not know about the flowers we consumers value.
Did you know?
The majority of the flowers sold in most shops, weather flower shops, supermarkets, big box stores or greengrocers are imported from other countries, I am talking about 85% of the flowers sold in this country. That is a huge number. Which means foreigners are making a profit on us as consumers.
So, recently a movement called Slow Flowers is encouraging our farmers to grow flowers as a lucrative crop. Flowers grown locally are healthier, last longer and are for the most part grown chemically free. Which means they are a sustainable worthwhile commodity. Every time you as the consumer thinks twice about how you spend your dollar and mindfully invest in a homegrown product, you help your local economy.
Call to action.
I urge you, think local and buy products grown by our farmers, buy locally grown flowers. Ask for them, care enough to make a difference. Your actions speak loudly.
If you are in Nyack, stop by and say hello to Kris, she’ll be waiting for you and I promise you too will be captivated by her charm and her style.