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Stay out of the doghouse on Valentine's Day with a bouquet from one of these local flower shops.
Friday Feb 13, 2009.     By Stacy Warden
Centerstage Chicago Nightlife City Guide Arts

Before you pick up the standard dozen red roses from your local Jewel for Valentine's Day, check out the exotic arrangements and eclectic gifts at these Chicago florists.

Larkspur's Pink Bouquet
Larkspur, 2123 N. Damen
Located in Bucktown in a century-old building, Larkspur features bouquets inspired by plenty of old-world charm. The design team has a knack for blending that vintage kitsch with contemporary charm by using a wide assortment of blooms, from organic peonies and sweet pea from its farm in Michigan to exotic flowers imported from all over the world. For Valentine's Day, the shop is offering something extra special and sweet to go along with your dream bouquet. The festive organic chocolates from Lillie Belle Farms include a four-piece box of either berry cordials or lavender salt and cayenne caramels. Larkspur also carries eclectic gifts like organically shaped metal and wire jewelry, Venetian glass hearts, soy candles and soaps and an assortment of vintage and modern vases.

Sunburst Flowers and Gifts, 5357 N. Ashland
Propped on the corner of Ashland and Foster, this boutique flower shop is a must for those living in the Andersonville/Edgewater area. There are a number of pre-made arrangements here, but Sunburst's staff can also help you create your own masterpiece. Even if you've forgotten your lover's favorite blooms, we're sure you can figure out their favorite colors, which can go a long way in this vibrant shop.

Gesthemane Garden Center, 5739 N. Clark
If you're more in the mood for something green that will grow as long as your love, check out Gesthamene Gardens down the street. The neighborhood greenhouse sells everything from seeds to shrubs. For Valentine's Day, Gesthemane is offering classic arrangements of long-stemmed roses, vased floral arrangements, small potted roses and orchids. The staff will even deliver the goods straight to your door if you order by February 13. But you might want to venture over yourself and check out the attached gift shop with garden-inspired statuettes, festive ornaments, perfumes, handbags and hand-crafted jewelry.

Epoch's Valentine's Bouquet
Epoch, 615 N. State
Despite its small size, this is the kind of shop you could spend an entire morning in. And it's not just because Epoch sells pie, too. OK, well that has a lot to do with it, but the shop's floral arrangements alone are enough to keep you busy. Epoch's designs are like haute couture for floral-fashion fiends, and it has the client list to back it up. The shop has done arrangements for big-name magazines like InStyle, popular restaurants like NoMI and elite shops such as Saks Fifth Avenue. And just to make it easy on those who can't tell a lilac from a lily, the staff has already put together four unique Valentine bouquets, including festive Dutch tulips, red roses, calla lilies and cymbidium orchids. The love-inspired arrangements range from $75-$275 and can be preordered online. When you stop by to pick up those fancy flowers, don't forget to pair 'em with one of the shop's 9 different pies. The posh pastries can be purchased in 10- or 4-inch rounds and include flavors like caramel apple, banana cream, peanut butter and Mississippi mud.

Fleur, 3149 W. Logan
Logan Square locals swear by Fleur for weddings, holidays and more often than not, forgiveness. The shop's floral designs are definitely something to brag about, but the staff here is anything but boastful. Instead, they're welcoming and helpful throughout your entire visit, even if it takes you a lifetime to finally settle on an arrangement. You can come here without a clue and rest assured that you'll leave with something you never knew you—er, your Valentine wanted. In addition to its fresh flowers, Fleur also sells an assortment of unique jewelry created by local artists, handmade soaps, baby shower gifts and handbags.

 

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