BUCKTOWN — A flower and reward store promoting bouquets, ceramics and other gifts opens Saturday in Bucktown.

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, 2001 N. Oakley Ave., is the most recent project from Ananda Zoe Breslof, proprietor of longtime Bucktown unique function florist Flowerlife, Inc.

Breslof has supplied bouquets and bouquets for weddings, functions and other occasions for a lot more than 20 yrs. But small business speedily dried up when the pandemic strike, forcing her to get started advertising immediately to the public.

“I attained out to the Bucktown local community and questioned them: … I run an celebration enterprise, there are no occasions — does anyone want to obtain flower bouquets from me? And they just stepped up and served me out,” Breslof claimed. “It just led me to my pandemic pivot of accomplishing something I have usually required to do, which is opening up a retail division.”

The store’s comprehensive title is A Tree Grows In Brooklyn — Bucktown Branch, an homage to Breslof’s property of Brooklyn, New York, and the Betty Smith novel of the exact title.

The retailer will offer you kinds of refreshing and preserved bouquets, a weekly and biweekly flower subscription company, ceramics and vacation gifts.

“I’ve usually dreamed about opening up a retail shop. And I actually struggled difficult for a extended time to get this heading. I know a lot of firms that were being pressured to shut down, so I experience really blessed that I’m in a position to pivot this way,” Breslof said.

Breslof is continuing to operate Flowerlife, which is operating a few blocks north around Fullerton and Western avenues. She mentioned she’s currently had one particular party canceled more than worries about COVID-19’s Omicron variant, which was detected in Chicago Tuesday, but she is optimistic extra weddings and functions will return in 2022.

Through the pandemic, Breslof also started offering away bouquets to men and women nominated by neighborhood associates for a “flower select-me-up.” She strategies to carry on that observe through her new store.

“The neighborhood stepped up, so I’m stepping up. I’m heading to give away totally free bouquets for astounding people who will need them. Why not? Which is what I’m in this small business for, to make individuals content,” she stated.

Breslof is keeping an open up property midday-4 p.m. Saturday. Immediately after that, a Tree Grows In Brooklyn will be open up 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

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